Crime against women made up 3% of FIRs registered in July
Islamabad: Crimes against women made up 3% of the 40,446 First Information Reports (FIRs) collected from 70 districts countrywide in July 2011.
According to a Fafen monitoring report, out of the 40 honour killings cases registered in 15 districts, 45% were reported in six districts in Sindh. Six cases of honour killings were registered in Buner and four in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). It said 65 per cent of all the 409 FIRs registered in 29 districts against forced marriages were reported in nine districts in Punjab.
Every month Fafen s governance monitors collect statistics of FIRs against 27 offences covered by Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) from the offices of district police officers (DPOs).
In July this year, Fafen monitors visited 70 DPO offices to collect this information in 28 districts in Punjab, 18 in KP, 12 in Sindh, 11 in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The monitored 27 offences are categorised into five categories; physical harm to persons, crimes pertaining to property, threat and fraud, crimes against women and other crimes.
The report said out of the 35 of monitored districts reporting 215 cases of rape 85 per cent were in Punjab, 5 per cent in Sindh and 4 per cent in KP. Almost all (95%) of the total 253 FIRs registered against assault on women s modesty in 34 districts were reported in 25 districts in Punjab, 2 per cent in four KP districts and four incidents each in three districts in Sindh and two in Balochistan. It added that overall 78 per cent of the total 1,063 FIRs filed for crimes against women were registered in Punjab, 11 per cent in Sindh, 8 per cent in KP, 2 per cent in ICT and 1 per cent in Balochistan.
The report maintained that relatively higher registration of cases in Punjab may be attributed to its high population, willingness of people to register FIRs and better response by the police and to the greater outreach of Fafen monitors in Punjab. Similarly, lesser registration of cases in Balochistan and KP does not necessarily represent a low crime rate there. It may be attributed to limited outreach of Fafen, non-registration of cases by the victims, unavailable infrastructure or to people s tendency to resolve their conflicts through informal structures like jirgas .
The report said FIRs of hurt, murder and attempted murder were reported with varying frequency in 65, 64 and 63 districts respectively. On an average, 62 FIRs of these three crimes were registered in each of the 70 monitored districts.
Monitored districts in Punjab reported 57 per cent of the attempted murder and 46% murder cases. The report said 29 per cent and 20 per cent of all murder cases were reported in 12 districts in Sindh and 17 districts in KP. It added that nearly three fourths (74%) of all murder cases reported in Sindh were registered in Karachi district alone, attributing it to the wave of targeted killings along with its population density.