Pakistan reported a peak in violence against women during the pandemic in 2020: Report

Reuters, ISLAMABAD

The study is based on an analysis of data collected from different newspapers in Pakistan on incidents of violence against women, checked by local police in 25 selected districts.

According to a study by the women's rights organization based in Islamabad, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic between January and December of last year, when people were forced to stay in their homes, Pakistan reported 2,297 cases of violence against women from 25 districts across the region.


Source - https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan-reported-peak-in-violence-against-women-during-pandemic-in-2020-report-101613208783517.html


"In its study entitled "Violence against women and girls during the Covid-19 pandemic," the Aurat Foundation disclosed the grim data in partnership with a non-governmental organization under the Jazba-Democracy and Empowered Women project, Geo News reported. The study is based on an analysis of data collected from different newspapers in Pakistan on incidents of violence against women, checked by local police in 25 selected districts.

In addition, the data provides an overview of 14 case studies of violence against women and several interviews with government officials in the Provincial Commissions.

A total of 57% were registered from Punjab, 27% from Sindh, 8% from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6% from Gilgit Baltistan (illegally occupied), and 2% from Balochistan, according to the findings of the survey. Punjab registered the highest number of murders, rape, suicide, acid burning, kidnapping, domestic abuse, and forced marriage, out of the total incidents of violence. Sindh, meanwhile, had the largest number of honor killings.

In Pakistan, at least 11 instances of rape are registered every day, according to the 2020 study cited by Geo News, with more than 22,000 cases filed across the country in the last six years.

Since 2015, as many as 22,037 sexual assault cases have been reported, of which 4,060 are pending in the courts. Sadly, only 18 percent have passed the process of prosecution.


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