Culture of impunity blamed for violence against women
[Dawn] Of 4,585 cases of violence against women reported in the country during the first half of this year, about 1,027 incidents -- nearly 22 per cent of the total number of cases -- happened in Sindh, states a report released by a rights group on Monday.
The report adds that the FIRs of around 59 per cent of the cases in the province were not registered.
An overwhelming impunity granted to perpetrators of violence against women has led to a steady rise in the number of cases across Pakistain, the report says.
Prepared by Aurat Foundation, the non-governmental organization working for women's rights, the report finds 3,153 incidents of violence against women reported in Punjab only. While this figure makes nearly 69 per cent of the total number of cases reported in the country, the report cites better awareness level along with easy access to the media and police for the high number of reported cases in the province.
Aurat Foundation has been collecting data and releasing annual reports on violence against women over the past four years, showing alarming trends prevailing in the country.
Since these reports are based on the incidents published in national dailies, it can be assumed that the actual number of violence cases is much higher.
While studying the cases district-wise, the organization finds Lahore as the district where most cases of violence against women (272) were reported, followed by Okara (262) and Sargodha (223).
The report mentions a total of 15 districts with maximum number of cases. Of these, 12 are in Punjab, one in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
and two in Sindh, it says.
In Sindh, 90 per cent cases of violence against women are reported in Khairpur Mirs, followed by 80pc in Ghotki, and 60pc cases in Sukkur, Naushahro Feroz and Larkana.
Forms of violence
The most common form of violence against women was found to be murder, with 153 killings reported in the media, the organization says. It was followed by abduction/ kidnapping (146), domestic violence (140), honour killings (131), custodial violence (194), vani (102), suicide (59), rape/ gang rape (54), attempt to commit suicide (36), threat to violence (35), sexual assault (33), attempted murder (30), and burning (four).
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