Karachi: 1,321 incidents in 3 months
KARACHI: There have been a total of 1321 incidents of violence against women that have been reported to Aurat Foundation, during the first quarterly report as between January 01 to 31 March 2008. This was mentioned in a meeting held by Members of Legislative Watch group of Aurat Foundation (Sindh Chapter) on Tuesday. It was also noted that as many as 1,321 incidents of violence occurred in the four provinces and Islamabad in the first quarter of the year. As many as 546 in Punjab, 298 in Sindh, 282 in NWFP, 151 in Balochistan and 44 in Islamabad.
“We have to rise above our political affiliations and prevail upon those protecting and promoting customs which are neither conformed under religion nor under constitution,” said Arifa Ali.
“We need not only to plug the loop holes in the relevant laws but also do away with those helping perpetrators to go scot free,” Advocate Robina Brohi said.
The meeting also took strong exception of cases reported during past few days when not only women were killed under Karo Kari but also murdered due to their inability to bear child of their spouse’s liking or because of domestic dispute, even in urban centers including Karachi.
Of these cases 366 were reported to be of murder,90 cases of honour killings, 25 cases of attempt to murder, 246 cases of abduction, 179 cases of hurt and body injury, 119 cases of domestic violence, 66 cases of suicide, 11 cases of attempted suicide, 60 cases of rape, 18 cases of gang rape, 24 cases of sexual assault, 34 cases of custodial violence, 16 cases of burning, 3 cases of acid throwing, 6 cases of trafficking and 57 cases of violence were of miscellaneous nature.
Nearly 99 percent of the perpetrators of these incidents of violence against women were males, relative or non-relative.
The issue of violence against women and girls has highlighted in recent years not only in the media, but has been given recognition as a separate issue.
The law on curbing crimes in the name of honour was enacted in 2004 and the Protection of Women Act 2006, was passed in 2006. A bill for the prevention of domestic violence is in the process of being introduced. Polity and legislative steps need to be taken and properly implemented. Repeal of discriminatory laws against women should also be kept on the national agenda.
In preceding times, violence and domestic violence has become a core subject of investigation and requires a bill in the form of a law to make it mandatory not to make it happen. In most cases, of domestic violence the husband or the father is the main culprit and goes Scot-free from all charges.
In the same manner the cases of honour killing are let off on the bases of qisas and diyat.
Its an ironically sad state for women in Pakistan, where though they are members of the Parliament and having a seat as an MNA are forcefully forbidden to act in the right direction.