Pakistan reports over 60000 domestic violence cases in 3 years
The Ministry of Human Rights informed the National Assembly that almost 63,367 cases of domestic violence against women were registered in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan during the last 3 years, while 11,160 cases of rape/gang rape were also reported in the country.
In a written reply to the questions of MNA Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Minister for Human Rights Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada pointed out that human rights violations were reported/registered in the federal and provincial police departments and action was taken against those involved in these cases on the state’s behalf.
In this regard, all Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) and National Police Bureau officials were requested to provide the list of cases of domestic violence against women registered during the last 3 years.
According to the information received from the National Police Bureau, a total of 11,160 cases of rape/gang rape were registered in the country during the last 3 years. 4,637 in 2019, 4,133 in 2020 and 2,390 in 2021.
Rape/Gang Rape Cases:
2019 – 4637
2020 – 4133
2021 – 2390
2019 – 1578
2020 – 1569
2021 – 840
Domestic violence cases:
2019 – 2018
2020 – 2019
2021 – 1134
2019 – 13916
2020 – 12809
2021 – 7651
Similarly, 103 cases of acid tossing were reported between 2019 and 2021.
Other reported crimes in the last 3 years include 7,137 cases of Wani (forced child marriage), custodial torture, physical and sexual harassment and kidnapping.
Apart from celebrating the International Women’s Day on March 8, a regular 16-day campaign has been launched on November 25 every year to raise awareness about the need to end domestic violence against women and promote their rights.
Additionally, training workshops are regularly organized by the Ministry of Human Rights with special sessions on women’s rights and laws.
The Ministry of Human Rights is also running a toll-free helpline (1099) for legal advice on human rights violations and resolution of such cases by law enforcement agencies and other authorities. Women who are facing issues related to violation of their rights can easily get free help from this helpline.