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Violence against women legitimised by arguments of culture: Thoughts from a pakistani perspective

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In order to overcome violence against women, the general pervasive culture of violence must be replaced by a culture of peace to ensure justice for all and to provide social spaces in which differences are resolved without violence. In Pakistan, for instance, courts have virtually condoned men for murdering their female relatives when the accused claimed they had acted violently because they suspected their womenfolk of having sexual relationships outside marriage. The essential components of patriarchy are the same in Muslim societies as elsewhere: womens subordination occurs in the immediate family and in kinship structures, in state-building projects and in international policy-making. A question that is quite often posed is whether the concept and desire for womens self-determination is merely a western construct. The question is especially noticeable in recent times in discussions around Islam and women.

Keywords: domestic violence; Muslim societies; Muslim women; Pakistan



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