Violence against women is widespread throughout the country. In rural areas, beating of women folk is done almost on a daily basis, sometimes even several times a day. It is a common enough occurrence to be recognized as almost legitimate. A man who beats up his female family members, especially his spouse, is seen in society as the more potent mard. In addition to karo-kari, marriage with minors, etc are also prevalent in our countryside. In urban areas stove burning and dowry-related violence is rampant. Recently Voice of Women, a local NGO in district Dadu released its report on the state of women in Dadu district. 57 cases of grievous violence against women have been committed in the district during the year 2008. As these figures have been collected and complied by scanning different newspapers, they are probably only the tip of the iceberg. Only a tiny percentage of the cases get reported in media or registered at police stations. Despite a lot of vain rhetoric by the government, incidence of offences is increasing day by day. Due to subjugation of women under the cultural, political, economic and several other factors majority of the cases are not reported at all. There is an urgent need to bring a change in the mindset of our male-dominated society if we really want to recognize and accord the status of equal partners to the other half of our population. -GULSHER PANHWER, Dadu, via e-mail, April 12.