Pornography and Online violence against Women in Pakistan

The business of pornography, adult and child pornography alike underpins and arguably sustains the Internet. It has often been said that pornography is the only profitable entity on the Internet. Some distinguishing characteristics of Internet pornography are its profitability, accessibility, and popularity. The rise of internet has also led to an increase in sexual violence against women across the developing world. Violence against women in Pakistan persists because the state is failing to tackle discrimination against women by allowing social and cultural attitudes which encourage discrimination and violence.

Google ranks Pakistan No. 1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in the world in searches per person for certain sex-related content. Some experts claim the growth of broadband internet in Pakistan has led to the increase in consumption of pornographic content online. Clinical and experimental evidence supports that there is a contributory relationship between exposure to sexually violent materials and an increase in aggressive behavior directed towards women, and it is believed that an increase in aggressive behavior towards women will in a population increase the incidence of sexual violence in that population. Available evidence strongly supports the hypothesis that substantial exposure to sexually violent materials bears a causal relationship to antisocial acts of sexual violence and, for some subgroups, possibly to unlawful acts of sexual violence.

Further research on the social aspects of internet and violence against women needs to be undertaken at a national level to understand the impact of pornography on society where access to broadband internet is growing at a fast pace

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