Peshawar: Report says women kidnapping cases on the rise
PESHAWAR: A non-government organisation on Thursday unveiled its annual report for 2011 about violence against women cases, showing an increase in the abduction and kidnapping cases across Pakistan. Briefing the journalists about the annual report at the Peshawar Press Club, Resident Director of the Aurat Foundation Shabina Ayaz said the organisation had been presenting annual reports since 2008, mostly covering media reports and first information reports registered at the police stations about violence against women.
“A total of 8,539 cases of violence against women were reported across Pakistan in 2011 including 2,089 that pertained to abduction and kidnapping,” she said. The women rights activist explained that about 1,846 cases of women abduction were reported in the Punjab, 152 in Sindh, 47 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 17 in Balochistan.
Drawing a comparison, she said in year 2008, the total cases of violence against women were 7,571 in which 1,784 related to abduction and kidnapping. The report said some 6,745 reports were registered at the police stations. It said 5,290 reports were registered in Punjab, 636 in Sindh, 495 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 193 in Baluchistan. The document said 911 cases were not registered but reported by the media during last year. Similarly, no information was provided about 883 cases on violence against women, it added.
The report said some 1,575 women were murdered, 758 committed suicides and 705 cases were of the honour killings in 2011. The document said 610 cases were of domestic violence, 827 rape and gang rape, 110 sexual assaults, 44 acid throwing and 29 burning of women across the country. Interestingly, no case of acid throwing and burning was reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan last year.
The report said out of 1, 575 cases of murder, 897 were reported in Punjab, 255 in Sindh, 341 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 48 in Balochistan. It said 734 cases of rape and gang rape were reported last year in Punjab and seven in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. About 322 cases of honour killing were reported in Punjab, 266 in Sindh, 30 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 86 in Balochistan, last year, said the report.