status of women in society

             O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (one who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). [Quran 49:13]
             Since the beginning of time women are considered the ‘Inferior sex and men automatically the superior despite of the words written in our holy book that in the eyes of God the highest placement always belongs to the one who is pious and most righteous. Renowned Muslim woman scholar Dr.Riffat Hassan has rightly concluded in one of her articles that in spite of the fact that the Holy Quran is particularly solicitous about women's wellbeing and development, women have been the targets of the most serious human rights violation in Muslim societies. Not Islam but the contrariety that exists between Quranic ideals and practice of a number of women -related issues contributes to a large extent the present status of women. The typical subjugated image of Pakistani women mirrors the centuries old patriarchy in the sub-continent and legacy of the military regimes in the country. Empowerment and emancipation, though documented in the government reports, is yet a dream for the majority of Pakistani women. Her status is always lower than the male partner. She is underprivileged in getting education, food, health care and freedom of choice of partner, number of children and other essentials of life. Men are not self titled ‘stronger and wiser’ sex is because of the emotional and physical empowerment they have on women and women are considered the weaker because of their lack of emotional and physical strength to stand up for their rights. Even if they do have what it takes to lead a respectable life and demand respect out of those who don’t they are overpowered by a man at some point.
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