ISLAMABAD: “The objectification and sexualization of girls in the media is linked to violence against women and girls worldwide,” says the Unicef 2021 report.
In 2019, Amnesty International reported, “Despite being among the top-ranked countries in the world in terms of gender equality, four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) have very high rates of rape, and moderate sexual violence survivors. failed by their justice system. “
According to the 2013 UN Crime Trends Statistics, the UK has the highest incidence of rape, followed by the US and Brazil. “In absolute terms, the US has the most rape cases globally. Brazil is second in this measure, followed by India, ”Times of India reported in 2018.
World Population Review rape statistics by country 2021 rank the following ten countries with the highest rape rates: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Bermuda, Sweden, Suriname, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Grenada. The above reports are just a few examples that demonstrate the relevance of what Prime Minister Imran Khan has to say about obscenity and crimes against women and children. The report also shows the high incidence of rape cases in countries such as the US, UK, India and in large parts of Europe and Africa. In contrast, there is almost no mention in this context of any Muslim country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke out against obscenity and urged the need to promote purdah to examine cases of rape of women and children. His statements have been given completely different meanings by certain elements in the media and those representing civil society and human rights organizations. Khan has repeatedly urged the need to examine the spread of the “obscene Hollywood and Bollywood culture” in Pakistan to “save the country’s family system and socio-religious values.”
Unicef issued a report entitled ‘Not An Object: On Sexualization and Exploitation of Women and Girls’ on January 11, 2021. Referring to the American Psychological Association (APA) report on the sexualization of women in the media, Unicef found that women are more often portrayed as sexual than male; wearing revealing clothing, and with a posture or facial expression that implies sexual readiness. “In the print media study, researchers at Wesleyan University found that, on average, in 58 different magazines, 51.8 percent of advertisements featuring women described them as sex objects. However, when women appear in advertisements in men’s magazines, 76 percent of them are objectified all the time, ”reads the report.
It says, “Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, a teenage girl dies as a result of violence. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in their life. In the United States, 18 percent of girls report that by age 17 they have been the victim of sexual abuse or abuse by another teenager. “
According to Amnesty International’s 2019 report, four Nordic countries, which many have called role models for women’s rights and low crime rates, were found to have very high rates of rape due to the failure of their justice. system.
Amnesty International’s report states: “Despite being among the top-ranked countries in the world in terms of gender equality, four Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) have very high rates of rape, and survivors of sexual violence are failures by the justice system. they. “It is a paradox that the Nordic countries, which have a strong record of upholding gender equality, experience very high rates of rape,” Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International reportedly said.
The report also spoke of unreported cases and said: “Social stigma and a lack of trust in the justice system often means that women and girls fail to report attacks, and those who do are often fail by the callous and prejudiced justice system or the law. – an outdated invitation. One victim told us she would never report her rape if she knew how she would be treated, and her story is typical in the justice system stacked against rape victims. “
According to the report, every year about 50,000 women in Finland experience sexual violence, including rape. Most of those responsible for these crimes have never been tried. In 2017, only 209 convictions were secured for rape. According to the report, the Norwegian authorities have not taken the necessary measures to prevent rape and other forms of sexual violence or to address the consequences when these crimes occurred. Circulating and false myths about rape make it difficult for rape victims to report the crime to the police or seek medical help. They also influence the way rape cases are handled by the criminal justice system.
Many rapes go unreported to the police, but even survivors who end up reporting to the police face a lengthy and often flawed process.
In the case of Sweden, the report says that despite the plethora of rapes, there is a very low prosecution rate in the country with only 6 percent of cases involving adults resulting in prosecution in 2017. Low rates of prosecution and conviction affect belief in justice. system. He added that rape in Denmark is very rarely reported and even when women report to the police, the chances of prosecution or punishment are very small. Of the 24,000 women found by a recent study who experienced rape or attempted rape in 2017 alone, only 890 were reported to the police. Of these, 535 were tried and only 94 were sentenced.