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Punjab leads in crimes against women, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab left far behind the other provinces in incidents of violence against women as the highest number of rape cases have been reported in the province, National Assembly was informed on Thursday.

On a calling attention notice moved by MNA Yasmeen Rahman, Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar told the house that in year 2010, 2,581 rape cases were reported in Punjab followed by Sindh with 290 and Balochistan 33.

‘No rape case was reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the year under review’, Khokhar said. However hastened to add that this might be due to cultural restrictions in the KPK society of not registering these cases.

Advisor to premier pointed out that Punjab also recorded highest number of murder cases in 2010 as 6,242 murder were reported in the province whereas number of reported murder cases came to 3,290 in Sindh, 2,501 in KPK and Balochistan 54.

Advisor further revealed that cases of abduction and kidnapping for ransom incidents were also highest in the Punjab, however he didn’t provide the data of these crimes.

Khokhar maintained that government is fully cognizant of the situation viz-a-viz the human rights situation but deplored that provinces have failed to play their due role to check the violation of human rights and women rights.

He particularly focused on Punjab, which he blamed of having worst track record of dealing with the human right issues and curb the incidents of violence.

Advisor said that joint efforts are needed to tackle the growing tendencies of militancy when Yasmeen Rahman diverted the attention of the house towards Rawalpindi incident where a brigade of militant people attacked a girl’s school.

Khokhar also identified the flaws in the investigation procedure conducted by Police in these crimes. He also laid National Commission for women Bill 2011 in the house to set up national commission for women.

Source: Daily Times