I met Shahnaz today. She’s 30 years old, has 5 children, and has been married for nearly 15 years now. Her husband, her husband’s uncle and her brother-in-law, beat her, fractured her leg, shaved off her hair and her eyebrows. They then locked her up in the house for 10 days, allowing only a doctor to come in and plaster her leg. The reason for the abuse? She refused to have sex with her in-laws. Did I mention she also got beaten all through the 15 years of her marriage?
Shahnaz is currently admitted in a government hospital in Karachi. The doctors may say she is well enough to be discharged from the hospital, but who will help her erase the nightmare that she just lived through?
This country has stories with enough misery to rival a thousand Shakespearean tragedies.