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6,221 violence against women cases reported in eight months

Islamabad: Some 6,221 cases of violence against women were reported in the country from January to August 2010 including 778 cases of murder, 302 cases of honour killing and 1,611 cases of sexual assault.

According to the data of Gender Crime Cell (GCC), Ministry of Women Development, 5042 cases of violence were reported in Punjab, 618 in Sindh, 362 in Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP), 53 in federal capital, 49 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), nine in railways, five in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and 83 in Balochistan. However, the figure of violence received from Balochistan is upto June only.

The data mentioned that among 778 cases of murder, 502 were reported in Punjab, 130 in Sindh, 121 in Khyber Pakhtunkwa, 14 in Balochistan, five in federal capital, three each in Gilgit Baltistan and AJK.

During the period, 623 cases of beating were reported including 502 in Punjab, 58 in Sindh, 43 in KP, eight in Balochistan, eight in the federal capital and four in AJK.

Among 302 cases of honour killing, 159 were reported in Punjab, 102 in Sindh, 25 in KP, 15 in Balochistan and one in GB whereas 24 cases of acid burning were reported including 13 in Punjab, one in Balochistan and 10 in federal capital. Only one case of stove burning was reported in Punjab.

Some 1611 cases of sexual assault reported during this time period, included 1415 in Punjab, 130 in Sindh, 48 in KP, 11 in Balochistan, two in federal capital, four in AJK and one in GB whereas four cases of Vini were reported from which three were reported in Punjab and one in KP.

The data revealed that 2309 cases of other minor cases of violence against women were also registered including 2115 in Punjab, 61 in Sindh, 38 in KP, 26 in Balochistan, 28 in federal capital and 35 in AJK.

Source: The News

Date:2/7/2011

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