Women in Pakistan face all kinds of gross violence and abuse at the hands of the male perpetuators family members and state agents. Multiple form of violence includes rape;domestic abuse as spousal murder, mutilation, burning and disfiguring faces by acid, beatings; ritual honour killings and custodial abuse and torture.Every year in Pakistan hundreds of women, of all ages and in all parts of the country, arereported killed in the name of honour. Many more cases go unreported. Almost all gounpunished. The lives of millions of women in Pakistan are circumscribed by traditions,which enforce extreme seclusion and submission to men many of whom impose their virtually proprietorial control over women with violence. For the most part, women bear the traditional male control over every aspect of their bodies, speech and behaviour withstoicism, as part of their kismat (fate), but exposure to media, the work of women's rightsgroups and the greater degree of mobility have seen the beginnings of women's rightsawareness seep into the secluded world of women. But if women begin to exert theserights, however tentatively, they often face more repression and punishment: the curve of honour killings has increased parallel to the rise in the awareness in rights. Stateindifference, discriminatory laws and the gender bias of much of the country's policeforce and judiciary have ensured virtual impunity for perpetuators of honour killings.In the international human rights arena, honour crimes against women are understood asa form of domestic violence, i.e. violence against women in the family or community.Based on the dichotomy of private and public spheres and perception that the former wassomehow less significant, domestic violence was earlier perceived as private acts withinthe family and not as an issue of civil and political rights. The United Nations hasexplicitly recognized violence against women as human rights issue involving stateresponsibility. The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women has defineddomestic violence as " violence perpetrated in the domestic sphere which targets women because of their role within that sphere or as violence which is intended to impact,directly and negatively, on women within the domestic sphere. Such a violence may becarried out by both private and public actors and agents. This conceptual framework intentionally departs from traditional definitions of domestic violence, which addressviolence perpetrated by inmates against inmates
Concept of Honour:
10The time has come to put an end to such violence against women. It is paradoxical thatwomen o enjoy such a poor status in society and have no standing in family should become a focal point of a false and primitive concept of family honour, which they areaccepted to uphold at the expense of their inclinations and preference in the matters of marriage.According to Advocate Asma Jehangir:"Honour is only a pretax to murder women for property and in many cases, for gettinglighter punishment for heinous crimes"In Another statement she said,"I asked them so many times when people talk about honour and our religion talks abouthonour: When do they ever raise their voices when women are openly sold in the market?Is this an honourable thing to do?