HYDERABAD: According to the statistics collected by Hyderabad DIG Sanaullah Abbasi, a total of 1,119 crimes against 1,152 women were registered in the nine districts of the Hyderabad police range during the last five years.
These comprise 264 murders, 84 attempts to murder, 105 rape cases, 539 kidnappings, one acid attack and 126 miscellaneous crimes. His statistics reveal that the most cases of murder, rape and kidnappings were reported from the Dadu district, with as many as 94 murders, 24 rapes and 182 kidnappings. Second in rank was Badin with 18 rape and 39 murder cases. Jamshoro followed with 16 rape and 33 murder cases, and Hyderabad with 15 rape and 25 murder cases.
According to Abbasi, an overwhelming number of 1,054 victims were uneducated. As many as 446 of them were between 15 and 20 years of age, while 441 were aged between 20 years and 30 years. Most of the victimised women, his research shows, were married. Only 479 victims were unmarried. Up to 3,755 people were accused in the cases but only 2,115 of them were apprehended.
Another set of data of the last 10 years, which the DIG collected from the Larkana range police, shows that 575 women were killed for honour in the range’s five districts of Larkana, Qambar, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Kashmore. In comparison, 281 men were murdered for honour during the same time in these districts.
“Interestingly, most of the women were killed by their husbands and least by their sons,” Abbasi said. The statistics show 297 husbands, 65 brothers and nine sons accused in the 575 murders of women.