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It has also to be seen as a correlate of the absent or extremely weak status of women in relation to inheritance rights and the general resourcelessness, including in relation to education, skill, employability, financial capital.
Woman's dependence, when it sprang from resourcelessness, idleness, social pretensions, lack of education, and the like, was widely conceived as personally demoralizing and socially dangerous because it compromised the purity of motives for marriage.
The absence of any social security system in Pakistan Co-existing with such an open unemployment level speaks of the vulnerability and resourcelessness of the concerned households as well as a worsening of labour market conditions.