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Many women in Pakistan still do not have national ID cards: Report

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According to reports, many Pakistani women still do not have national ID cards and thus cannot participate in any indigenous activity.

An identity card is used to identify a person and label them as a verified/authorized citizen of the country, providing the individual with a legitimate reason to gain access to public resources and enjoy public services while exercising the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

According to the Daily Times, many Pakistani women still do not have national ID cards and thus cannot participate in any indigenous activity.

An identity card is used to identify a person and label them as a verified/authorized citizen of the country, providing the individual with a legitimate reason to gain access to public resources and enjoy public services while exercising the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Women face restrictions as a result of gender disparities and sociocultural norms, and as a result, they do not have or are unable to obtain national ID cards. Such women are forcibly barred from receiving government health benefits and exercising any constitutionally guaranteed rights. Because they are not considered authorised citizens, they cannot seek justice if they are mistreated, nor do they have access to the country’s legal justice system.

When it comes to women’s rights in Karachi, Mumtaz Begum, a rights activist, believes that they face discrimination and are given fewer opportunities.

She explained, while portraying a sombre image of women denied ID cards in the country, that “nobody cares about women’s identity cards.” Men only seek identity cards for women for their own benefit, such as obtaining a piece of land or recovering financial losses.”

According to Begum, approximately 70% of Pashtun women are denied ID cards, which she claims is ideally possible when men force their wives to visit identity card offices or bribe government officials to take benefits provided by the state in their wife’s name, reports says.

As a woman’s independence, finances, and mobility are controlled by her husband, women who willingly want ID cards without their husbands’ permission are beaten, and people in their community mock them for holding such liberal views. In a conservative society like Pakistan, having an ID card and gaining her rights is viewed as a woman becoming more liberal.

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