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Women Forced To Stay In Flooded Pak Village: Pakistan is facing the threat of floods, but here respect is being given more importance than human life. Women are trapped in the flood here for the respect of men. Women are forced to live here in a flooded Pak village. Such is the situation in the village of Basti Ahmad Din. The men of this village believe that taking women to relief camps will mean that they will mix with men outside the family. This will endanger the reputation of the family.

We will not go to the relief camp

After torrential rains, 400 villagers of Basti Ahmed Din, a small Pakistani village surrounded by flood waters, are facing starvation and disease. Even after this, these villagers are not ready to vacate the village. He has also rejected all the arguments to vacate the village. The dirty muddy water of the flood is filled all around the village. Relief workers are arriving by boat to take these villagers to the relief camp, but the villagers are categorically refusing to accompany them. Villagers told AFP that going to a relief camp would mean village women mixing with men outside their families and hurting their “honour”.

All the elderly men in the village say that only women are allowed to leave the family and village in “emergency” situations, such as poor health. In this case there is no count of natural calamities. An elder named Murid Hussain of Basti Ahmed Din said that he did not vacate the village even during the last devastating floods in 2010. “We had not left our village then,” he told AFP. “We don’t allow our women to go out. Our women can’t stay in those camps. It’s a matter of respect,” he says.

It is the decision of men, women are helpless

When 17-year-old Shireen Bibi of this village was asked if she would like to go to the safety of the camp on dry land. “It is up to the village elders and the men to decide,” he said. The women of this village do not even have the right to think for their own good. Muhammad Amir, who lives in Basti Ahmed Din, said, referring to the dominant ethnic group in the village, “We are Baloch. Baloch do not allow their women to go out.” He further said, “The Baloch would prefer to starve rather than let their families go out.”

In many parts of conservative, deeply patriarchal Pakistan, women live in a strict circle of so-called respect. This scope is so limited for women here that it seriously affects their freedom of movement. Not only this, there is a complete ban on talking to men outside the family of women. If a woman does this, then she is seen connecting with the shame and honor of the family. Even women’s lives are taken for marrying outside the family or caste. In the event of a disaster like a flood in Pakistan, this code of conduct can completely cut off women and girls from basic necessities like food and medical care.

Behal Hai Basti Ahmed Deen

The people of Basti Ahmed Din find it more convenient to use expensive boats than to take their families to relief camps. They go to the nearest relief camps once a week by these boats and bring ration and essential items from there. Significantly, the monsoon rains responsible for climate change have submerged large parts of Pakistan this summer. People from villages like Basti Ahmed Din are grappling with the destruction of their homes and livelihoods. More than half of the 90 houses of Basti Ahmed Din in Rojan area of ​​Punjab province have been destroyed. When the rains started in June, the standing cotton crop that surrounded the village is now rotting in the flooded fields.

Along with this, the dusty road connecting the village to the nearest city is submerged in 10 feet of water. The weak wooden boats are the only way out for the villagers to buy food and other items. They are also extremely expensive. Their operators charge far higher fares than normal. The families of Basti Ahmed Din now have very little ration left. The people of this village have decided to collect whatever wheat and grain they have saved after the rain and use it in a certain quantity. Many volunteers who come to the village to leave the aid packages have requested the villagers to leave the village for safety, but to no avail.

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