Murder, rape cases on the rise: Fafen report
Islamabad: As many as 29,505 FIRs were registered in 55 districts while serious crimes like murder and rape were frequently reported in urban districts of the country. The highest numbers of FIRs regarding murder (98) were registered in Karachi while the district of Lahore reported the highest number of rape cases (29) during April 2011.
According to Fafen, crimes against women are generally regarded as the outcome of certain socially sanctioned prejudices against women, especially in rural and largely inaccessible tribal areas. However the data suggests that these might be prevalent in developed urban centres of the country as well. Highest number of crimes against women was reported in Lahore.
Fafen monitors visited offices of the district police officers (DPOs) in 55 districts, Of these, 23 districts were monitored in Punjab, 14 in KP, 12 in Sindh, five in Balochistan and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
More than half of all FIRs filed against each category of crime were lodged in the DPO offices in Punjab. On average, each district recorded a total of 1,069 FIRs. Sindh, ICT and KP followed with an average of 209,205 and 136 FIRs respectively.
With an average of 58 FIRs in each monitored district, Balochistan emerged as the province with the least number of reported crimes. Crimes causing physical harm to people made a fifth of all FIRs registered in the country. These included murder and attempted murder, which together made 47% of all FIRs registered against physical harm. On average, 22 FIRs were registered against murder cases per day in the 49 monitored districts.