862 cases of violence against women reported in 2HCY10
KARACHI: The second half of 2010 turned out to be somewhat better, at least where women in Sindh are concerned, since the total number of cases of violence against women fell from 940 to 862, according to a report of the Aurat Foundation.
The Aurat Foundation launched its half-yearly report on violence against women, which bracketed the total number of cases into 10 categories of crime.
For the past three years, the NGO collects data under the project ‘Policy and Data Monitor on Violence against Women’.
The programme aims at highlighting women’s issues, creating public awareness and positively influencing policy making, said Shireen Aijaz, coordinator of the foundation.
She said that the slight decrease in the number of cases in the second half of the year may be because the flood in the province diverted media attention from the usual problems.
The report noted a total of 712 cases of violence, which affected 862 women in the 23 districts of Sindh.
There were 119 incidents of honour killing, in which 98 women and 39 men were killed. Sixty-two cases of rape and 61 suicides were recorded while 159 women survived murder attempts.
Meanwhile, 103 cases of abduction/kidnapping, 24 of sexual assault, 78 of domestic violence and 34 others of custodial violence, customary practices, attempted suicides, threat to violence and trafficking and torture were also recorded.