HRCP Report on Violence against Women

LAHORE: According to a report issued by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) alarming figures of increasing cases of violence against women were presented. In Pakistan women violence exists in various forms, be it domestic violence and abuse, sexual abuse and harassment, acid attacks, honour killings, restricted freedom movement and barring of women from casting votes in the elections.

HRCP stated in a statement that “HRCP has watched with grave concern the rising incidence of violence against women in Pakistan in recent days. Unfortunately, such incidents have always been commonplace in the country but now such reports are coming not from far-off places but from the main cities”

Most of the victims were teen age girls. Recently Punjab police filed a rape case of a five year old girl. In total from January 1 to August 31 this year police have registered 113 rape cases.

Until the July this year 44 women became target of acid attacks and 44 women had been set on fire. As many as 451 women had been killed in Pakistan in the name of honour by the end of July 2013.

HRCP concerns that risks have also grown for all those who try to help victims in any manner.


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