Known for winning an Oscar, Sharmeen Obaid does it again! She has made a documentary focused on the issue of domestic violence in Pakistan. In general, Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary have always been very mindful and skillfully portrayed the brutal realities that women face such as domestic violence in Pakistan. This time, she has targeted the issue pertaining to a number of households in Pakistan and is highly criticized over the media but sadly, we do see a news related to it every other day.
In 2011, Pakistan was ranked as the third most dangerous country for women in the world.
It is the second film of Aagahi series that educates about identifying the different forms of abuse that are involved in the domestic violence. Also, Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary focuses on examining the different forms of the domestic violence in a two and a half minute long documentary. It displays the spine chilling issue that happens behind the close doors and teaches ways to file an FIR if such issue happens.
Statistics related to the horrendous issue of domestic violence in Pakistan are quite high and ironically, there are still unreported cases that haven’t come out to the front.
Even though Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary is one way of challenging the issue of domestic violence in Pakistan nonetheless, the issue is not that straight forward. There had been a case in Pakistan where a woman filed an FIR against her husband since she was a domestic violence victim. She was divorced by her husband right at the spot. The case was highlighted in the print media but the record of the case follow up could not be found.
So, the issue doesn’t end here and there is more to it that needs to be handled by the government as well as the people who could change the mind-set of the future generation. Speaking of the complexity of this issue, there are additional ways to prove the problem which requires medical reports to confirm the claim. Teaching the women about their rights is an excellent thing to do but what about the cultural norms that are deeply engraved in the Pakistani society? The documentary itself is a very good initiative against this gruesome act but it doesn’t resolve the issue rather is a step forward to address it.
Another perspective about the women’s protection bill given over the social media is that, it would increase the divorce rates. However, does it mean that the issue needs to be kept under the surface? What if a married woman files an FIR and becomes homeless because she is left with no support anymore? What good will it do to the victim’s children and who is to be blamed in this scenario? Will it end the issue of domestic violence in Pakistan? There are questions after questions that will never end.
Even though Sharmeen Obaid’s documentary has focused on the significant issue but it doesn’t cover the problem intensely because the matter is not that straight forward and it doesn’t get resolved merely by filing an FIR. This was our stance and the verdict is yours!