Our newspapers report every now and then the killing of unfaithful women by their brothers, fathers, and, on top of all, their husbands. This killing is called “kar-kari” in Sindh and has deep social roots. From time immemorial the problem of woman’s unfaithfulness to man has plagued family life. The advanced countries have worked out some practical solutions to this great problem, while we, in the so-called developing societies, are in its clutches.
We may, at the start, examine the causes of the development of the disease of the unfaithfulness of women.
Firstly, it is said, rather wrongly, that most fair young women are naturally inclined to have “affairs” with men. The difference lies in the historical and traditional treatment of women as men’s property, to be controlled as they liked. So the concept (principle) of “honour killing” is one-sided, applicable only to our womenfolk.
Secondly, the educational, social and economic conditions in countries like ours do not permit many a woman to advance suitably. Especially in the rural (village) areas and in the smaller towns, the people, in general, are mostly uneducated and ill-informed. When they discover immorality on the part of women, they use force against them.
Thirdly, the influence of religion on the minds and behavior of the people has been in decline for several years. In the olden times, women, especially, considered honor as their greatest defense and ornament. Now, with the growth of materialism, sex is on display. Those who do not stop their immoral sexual activities are attacked or killed in the name of honor.
We should educate the people universally to make them conscious of the new demands of society and the law. Education should be allowed to spread everywhere like sunlight brightening every corner of the earth and moonlight beautifying nature and society. Then people will like to act legally and solve their problems reasonably.
The country should be developed economically at a fast pace. Rapid industrialization and agricultural development will bring prosperity to the people. It will, then, not be possible for rich people to exploit (take undue advantage of) poor and helpless women sexually. In any case, educated women should be able to work with honor and dignity side by side with men.