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75% women experience some form of sexual Harassment

Three out of four female experience physical or moral sexual harassment at workplace, street or markets in Karachi, shows a study conducted by student of Mass Communication, University of Karachi. Despite the formulation of “The protection against harassment of women at workplace Act 2010” this number has been increase by 25% since 2008, as a research conducted by UNISON revealed that 50% of the face sexual harassment but our recently conducted study reflect that it 75% now. Also the data on sexual harassment provided by ‘Aurat Foundation’ indicates the rise in such crimes.

The survey questioned (52 teenagers, 36 females 20-26 years, 48 female 27-30 years, 44 female 30 and above)   - Majority of the women faces sexual harassment in their teenage, which indicated that there is an increment in child abuse as well. This emphasizes on the awareness of sex education and good-touch\/bad-touch awareness among female teenagers and adolescent.

The survey questioned (52 teenagers, 36 females 20-26 years, 48 female 27-30 years, 44 female 30 and above) – Majority of the women faces sexual harassment in their teenage, which indicated that there is an increment in child abuse as well. This emphasizes on the awareness of sex education and good-touch/bad-touch awareness among female teenagers and adolescent.

This study was conducted in all six districts of Karachi. The team visited at least one university, office, hospital and\/or market in each district. A total of 180 females whose age range varies from 14-35 were contacted. Survey questionnaire technique was used by the team to collect quantitative data. A set of 08 questions were asked from these female. In order to collect qualitative data interviews were conducted from a doctor and a psychologist. 
36% of women has faced verbal harassment, while as the most common way to harass a female is inappropriate gesture as 39% of women have been victim of this type of harassment followed by 25% women who have been victim of physical harassment, including molestation, inappropriate touch and groping.

This study was conducted in all six districts of Karachi. The team visited at least one university, office, hospital and/or market in each district. A total of 180 females whose age range varies from 14-35 were contacted. Survey questionnaire technique was used by the team to collect quantitative data. A set of 08 questions were asked from these female. In order to collect qualitative data interviews were conducted from a doctor and a psychologist.
36% of women has faced verbal harassment, while as the most common way to harass a female is inappropriate gesture as 39% of women have been victim of this type of harassment followed by 25% women who have been victim of physical harassment, including molestation, inappropriate touch and groping.

The study also investigates about incident of molestation at public gatherings e.g. concert, beach, congested open spaces e.g. markets, shopping malls, closed spaces e.g. working cubical, lifts, men like to harass women as a cheap thrill. 

The study also investigates about incident of molestation at public gatherings e.g. concert, beach, congested open spaces e.g. markets, shopping malls, closed spaces e.g. working cubical, lifts, men like to harass women as a cheap thrill.

Unfortunately, those men harassing women sometimes found to be a known person such as teacher, relative, friends or colleagues. However, most seen cases of harassment are committed by an unknown person.

Unfortunately, those men harassing women sometimes found to be a known person such as teacher, relative, friends or colleagues. However, most seen cases of harassment are committed by an unknown person.

This has resulted into increase in lack of trust between both genders. One of the female quoted 
‘Kai dafa to lagta ha kahi izzat mehfuz nahi, chand galeez mardo ki waja say kis pe bhrosa karey kis pe nahi kuch samaj nahi hai’.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act amended the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, making workplace harassment against women punishable with imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of 500,000 rupees or both. 
 Whereas, most people do not report such issues due to certain reasons.  

This has resulted into increase in lack of trust between both genders. One of the female quoted
‘Kai dafa to lagta ha kahi izzat mehfuz nahi, chand galeez mardo ki waja say kis pe bhrosa karey kis pe nahi kuch samaj nahi hai’.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act amended the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, making workplace harassment against women punishable with imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of 500,000 rupees or both. Whereas, most people do not report such issues due to certain reasons.

The sufferers who mask the issue by not reporting it are giving the license to unethical individuals. However, masses are also unaware of some new laws regarding sexual harassment. 
 On the other hand, most of the victims are going through psychological disorders and mental stress.  

The sufferers who mask the issue by not reporting it are giving the license to unethical individuals. However, masses are also unaware of some new laws regarding sexual harassment. On the other hand, most of the victims are going through psychological disorders and mental stress.

“Men sometimes are in a state of sadism, a mental disorder. They commit sexual harassment owing to a state of mind in which they get comfort by abusing women in public or private places. There is certain action what they do such as they touch women, use awful gestures and abusive words. Sadism is basically a name one of such condition”                                                                                                 ~ Dr. Rabica, Psychologist at JPMC.

“Men sometimes are in a state of sadism, a mental disorder. They commit sexual harassment owing to a state of mind in which they get comfort by abusing women in public or private places. There is certain action what they do such as they touch women, use awful gestures and abusive words. Sadism is basically a name one of such condition”  ~ Dr. Rabica, Psychologist at JPMC.

Compiled and Designed by Kibriya Asad, Mariam Azim, Nayab Fatima & Syeda Zehra Ali Rizvi

A Special Thanks to “Aurat Foundation”, A Non-Governmental Women’s Right Organization

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