Violence against women is now well recognized as a public health problem and human rights violation of worldwide significance. It is an important risk factor for women’s ill health, with far reaching consequences for both their physical and mental health.
Islam condemns all forms of violence against women. The basic premise of equality between women and men cannot be achieved so long as violence against women persists.
In pre-Islamic Arabia violence against women began at birth in the form of female infanticide. Islam prohibited the practice of female infanticide. Not only did the Quran prohibit this practice, it also mocks those who view the birth of a girl child with contempt. (Quran 16:58-59).
In the name of honor:
Women are killed in the name of honor due to society’s view that a woman’s every action reflects upon a family’s honor, especially a man’s honor. Therefore if family members, especially a male family member, view that a woman’s action is disgraceful he feels that in order to restore that honor to him or his family he does violence towards her.
Another common form of violence against women is that committed by husbands on their wives. Islam requires that husbands treat their wives with respect and it prohibits any form of physical or emotional abuse. The Quran requires that spouses treat each other with love and mercy. (Quran 30:21).
Many women become the victims of the violence due to an unconfirmed rumor passed around the community. Many men do not give women the benefit of the doubt or bother to find out her side of the story they just become cruel and violate towards their women.
Islam is against Women Violence:
Women continue to be victims of the senseless wildness though family and tribal traditions exacerbate violence against women. It is ultimately the responsibility of the government to protect these women and take act against those who commit this horrible act.Cruelty that women face during times of peace, women are particularly vulnerable during times of war. Islam condemns violence against women no matter what the circumstances are. War is no exception.
Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ was strict in ensuring that noncombatants, primarily women and children were not harmed during war time.
Islam orders of equality between women and men necessitates that all forms of brutality for women be eradicated. for so long as women suffer abuses. Women cannot achieve their full potential as free and equal members of society.