Is she supposed to accept her fate silently?
What implications are there for her leaving the marriage?
Is psychotherapy alone going to fix a problem that is deep rooted in our culturaland religious ideals and customs?
What about when these women leave the protection home?
Is the rehabilitation meaningful?According to a Government of Punjab report, 80% of women in Pakistan aresubjected to violence.42.4% accept it as their misfortune/fate33.6% are ‘powerless’ and ‘unable’ to take action against the aggression/violence19.2% protest against it4.8% retaliate and only7% females opt to leave their homes/abusive environments.The question that begs to be asked is why women in general do not retaliateagainst oppressive and violent behaviour as a matter of fact.The answer may be that women are entangled in a framework of extreme subjugation atlevels ranging from the most direct to the subliminal; ever-propagated and reinforced byvirtually all institutions of society.The courts of law- the main avenue by which these destitute women seek recourse- on a number of occasions (
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however subtly, haveexpressed their tacit agreement with the prevailing societal male biases that are at thevery cause of these women’s miseries.The courts among others take it upon themselves to banish these redress-seekingwomen to a life of indefinite confinement that violates the very principles of liberty uponwhich the Constitution is founded.What role do these Dar-ul-Aman have in the rehabilitation, emotional support,counseling of these women? Do these institutions and others like them bring about anychange in the mindset of these distressed women?
1.2Background of the study