Sex, abused, tortured. Three common words you hear when you read about women’s rights violations. For this week article, I happened to read over these words too many times. And as I kept on reading, anger started to rise, and voices started to yell, inside of me. The articles talks about Sahar Gul, who was forced to marry an adult by her mother in-law at the age of 12. Gul was raped repeatedly by her husband with intentions to produce a child. Because she did not get pregnant, her adult husband locked her in a basement and tortured her with electric shocks, pulled out her nails and her hair. One time when she yelled while her husband and mother in-law put electric shock in her as she almost died, her neighbors called the police. And that was when she got rescued. That was when she started to live, not just exist.
What touched me most about this article was how Sahar Gul had managed to stand up and face the authorities to talk about what had happened after what she’d been through. She wanted the world to know about her story, about something that may happen to you, about a dirty truth, about a story some of us would be extremely surprised when we read about, because our lives are so fortunate, we don’t know what is happening on the other side of our world. To me, Gul is a very brave girl. I cannot imagine how can I stand straight up on my feet again if I go through what she had. What can possibly be the reason why she is telling the world about her story? It can partly be because she wanted the attackers to be known for their bad things, and to be punished. But I also think that she wanted everyone to know and aware that there are women and girls out there suffering through what she had suffered through, or maybe worse. What I receive as a message is that, the fortunate people like us, should put a hand in and help our world to be a better place with women living and enjoying their lives, to prevent cases like Sahar Gul’s to happen.
Sahar Gul may be a strong girl. But she is still a broken person. I feel really sorry for a girl full with promises is now living in a life full of fears, instead. Wherever she goes, she will fear her attackers may kill her. And I ask you this, how can you live in a life full with fears? What can you possibly do? Her attackers had ruined her life. Their greed and cruelty destroy a young innocent girl. And 10 years in prison for punishment is not enough. It doesn’t give back the girl her promises in life, the innocent smile or remove her fears. Had they ever though of what she felt? Of course, no. She was treated as an item, because what kind of living thing would treat their same kind like that if they don’t look at their object in a different way? How can a human be treated as an item?
In conclusion, I think what best right now is for the government to educate everyone about human rights. Especially, women’s rights. Educate kids, adults, men, women, to respect these rights and pass stricter laws to harshly punish those who violate women’s rights.