‘Every second woman suffers domestic violence in Pakistan’ — By FAIZA ILYAS on Dawn com

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KARACHI: Every second woman in Pakistan suffers from some form of domestic violence that has an extremely damaging effect on her physical and mental well-being, said Dr Tazeen Saeed Ali during a session held on Saturday as part of the three-day national health sciences research symposium being organised at the Aga Khan University (AKU).

Titled Mind and brain, neuroscience today and tomorrow the conference features a number of local and foreign experts discussing and sharing knowledge on subjects ranging from translational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, brain trauma management to modern approaches to epilepsy, telemedicine and new treatment paradigms in child and adolescent mental health.

According to Dr Ali, the overall prevalence of domestic violence in Pakistan ranges between 21pc and 50pc. Women suffer violence over conflict with husbands and in-laws, at times over financial matters.

“Our study has shown that 97.7pc health professionals suffered some form of domestic violence at some point of their married life whereas 72pc had to face sexual abuse at home,” Dr Ali said, adding that women facing violence also developed reproductive health problems.

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