Our society is riddled with tribalism, feudalism and domestic abuse and patriarchy. Girls below the age of consent are forced to marry much older men. The religious and legal procedure which guarantees seeking consent of both bride and groom happens to be just a formality. Polygamous marriages are frequently practiced under the umbrella of religion. On the arrival of a new wife, the previous ones are mistreated. The families of these women refuse to take them in if they try to escape their husband’s house. Women in our culture are taught to take abuse but to never strike back or even leave the households they are married into. The government must take immediate action for the protection of women. 

GULSHER PANHWER, 

Johi, July 5.