Islamabad: 2,531 women violence victims in 3rd quarter
ISLAMABAD: The current year’s third quarter reported 2,531 cases of violence against women in the country, said a report released here on Thursday. Most of the cases (1,592) were reported in Punjab. Sindh reported 402 incidents of violence against women, the NWFP 251, Balochistan 220 and Islamabad 66, said Aurat Foundation’s report on the ‘Situation of Violence against Women in Pakistan’. It said police registered FIRs of 1,953 cases (77.16 percent). According to the report, 441 of these cases were of murder, 143 of honour killing and 601 of kidnapping. Between July and September 2008, 242 women were murdered in the Punjab, 50 in Sindh, 129 in the NWFP, 18 in Balochistan and two in Islamabad.
Likewise, Sindh reported 70 honour killings, Balochistan 49, the Punjab 21, the NWFP two and Islamabad one. The report also said women kidnappings, murders and suicides were more in the second quarter than the previous two. The report said violence against women had surged in the country, especially the Punjab, during 2008. Samina Nazir, a representative of Aurat Foundation, said her organisation had collected and compiled statistics of the incidents of violence against women to create a more informed and supportive society as for women rights and mobilise social pressure for discouraging aggression against womenfolk. She said the statistics would help in formulation of better women development policies at federal and provincial levels.