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Tears trickled down her cheeks and trembled down her jaw line. She slumped against a wall, recollecting the agonies inflicted upon her. Outside, the calming moon was pouring tranquility on every creature scrambling in the green moss and heather. Everyone was calm except Mukhtaran Mai. She glanced at her tormentors, who seemed immune to the calamity they had caused. Thinking of how her whole status had changed within a few seconds made her eyes brim with tears.

This is how Mukhtaran Mai felt on the night her whole destiny was transformed: the time she became yet another victim of male harassment endured by countless women all around the country. Mukhtaran Mai was the victim of a gang rape in 2002. Although this crime was committed almost 10 years ago, things are no different now.

Even today, countless women are tortured by this brute aggression every now and then. Be it the illiterate fragments in our rural areas or the educated classes living in posh neighborhoods, the molestation faced by women is more or less the same. Every newspaper carries countless articles on agonies of the women. They are murdered at the slightest excuse. Men of the family beat them, tie them with ropes and humiliate them merely to satisfy their need to exercise power. Outside, females are still looked upon as objects of lust and have to tolerate constant ridicule and jeers. Many ruffians still think of whistling at ladies as their prized pastime. It is because of these circumstances that even in the modern 21st century, most women are confined within their homes to protect themselves from this mockery.

However, unlike the rest, Mukhtaran Mai was unable to bear this persecution. She stood up against her tormentors in a way which is worthy of a lot of praise. Contrary to what most oppressed would have done in an attempt to save their honor, the brave lady decided to deal with all her misery instead of hiding away. She received threatening calls, endured all sorts of criticism and even dealt with kidnap attempts. Nonetheless, her firm determination helped her get through it all. Her constant toiling bore fruit and it was on 18 March, 2005 when the Government of Punjab finally detained the fourteen men involved in her gang rape, and finally she was able to attain justice. Ever since then, the whole world has commended her bravery and today she has evolved into a strong social worker, striving to curb social evils. However, the courage shown by Mukhtaran Mai is still alien to a lot of women. Even today, we females tolerate all of this unfairness and remain quiet, fearing the consequences of raising voices.

Such discrimination strikes every nook of the female population, sparing no one. Every other day we hear about the abduction of small girls. Fiza Waqar, a student at the Lahore School of Economics, represents a huge fraction of aspiring women speaking out against this oppression. She said, “It pains me to see how this ruthless society of ours strives to engulf each and every female. My heart weeps when I think of how we are unable to protect our young ones from the evil clutches. This is my biggest affliction. It hurts me 24/7.”

Many female students have to constantly face these evils when they step out to acquire education. They are laughed at in class. Male professors ridicule their knowledge and jeer at them. It is even more heart-wrenching to hear of those unfortunate students who fall victim to the sexism prevalent in the society. Many students articulate very strongly against this harrying attitude.

Bakhtawar Atta Maneka is such an example. Currently studying in Lahore Grammar School, she considers it her utmost duty to speak against these evils. She said, “The society has been very primitive in accepting females. We have all those rights to lead our lives peacefully which the men claim to possess and the only reason women are tormented in this region is their aloofness towards their rights.”

Our society claims to revolve around the rules which have been inscribed by the Islamic civilization. However, these detached jurists seem to ignore all the rights Allah has adorned womanhood with. They aim to confine females within homes where as the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) always decreed to encourage women in pursuing education. His famous tradition, "To acquire knowledge is binding upon all Muslims, whether male or female," should be treated like a guiding stone by these persecutors who deny the right of education to women.

Despite the endless stream of Divine rulings prohibiting injustice against females, our customs are still inclined to resist the betterment of women. Working ladies still face the worst form of opposition. They are called "un-Islamic" by people. More discouraging is the fact that their own family tries to dissuade them from continuing their jobs.

Samar Iftikhar is an aspiring fashion photographer who is gravely moved by this deep-rooted discrimination. She said, “One thing I am unable to tolerate is this inequity between girls and boys. We females are equally capable to perform any task men do but even then we are always harassed, always ridiculed. I really hope that someday our nation will rid itself of these evils.”

In times of such turmoil, it is a necessity for both men and women to strive together for the betterment of the country. Nonetheless, this objective cannot be fulfilled if womanhood is not secure in the society. It is the duty of the state and society to provide security to women and accept them as equal citizens. It hoped that soon the sun will dawn on a Pakistan where women will no longer be oppressed. There will be no Mukhtaran Mai’s striving for their honor and both men and women will be working in harmony to re-construct Pakistan.

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I did this for all the women in Middle East, who have a hell in my opinion. Peace
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Doug Somers said 1492 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Haunting and still beautiful
Ethereal women's voices, the occasional snare drum with ominous militaristic overtones, and a slow enveloping development make this an emotional listen. You've taken the words in the article and made them into feelings. Nice composition and production my friend.

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PeterB7858 said 1491 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Great cause to shine a light on Kenta. That particular countries/cultures still have overt and brutal anti-women traditions in this day and age is a disgrace. That said, even though some societies are more progressive than others re women's rights all still have an underlying culture of power and sex discrimination that impacts negatively on women. Your music reflects sadness and concern while still maintaining a noble grace. Fine work. Thanks, Peter.
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davisamerica said 1491 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
My brother
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Bubowski said 1491 days ago (September 18th, 2015)
Really nicely done. And yes, a tragic topic sensitively treated.
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Narad said 1491 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
One of your best, my friend. I"m in awe…
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Bowman said 1491 days ago (September 19th, 2015)
An important
and powerful work my friend.
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Vic Holman said 1489 days ago (September 20th, 2015)
extraordinary composition kenta. a lot of attention to details. powerful piece. you really did a great job on this!
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gadzooks said 1486 days ago (September 23rd, 2015)
..... all I can say is WOW!
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papag said 1456 days ago (October 23rd, 2015)
Quite intense energy in this piece. It fits with the text and draws out the emotion of the message.

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