Pakistan’s Punjab imposes ’emergency’ due to rising cases of rape, sexual abuse

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Pakistan’s Punjab declares ‘state of emergency’ over rise in rape and sexual assault cases

Peculiarities

  • Pakistan has reported 14,456 cases of harassment of women in the last four years.
  • Pakistani Punjab reported the highest number in this regard.
  • Harassment of women in the workplace, domestic violence against women has also increased.

The Pakistani province of Punjab has decided to declare a “state of emergency” amid a sharp increase in cases of sexual violence. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Punjab Home Minister Atta Tarar said the increase in such incidents was a major concern for society and government officials.

“Four to five cases of rape are reported daily in Punjab, and the government is considering special measures to combat cases of sexual harassment, abuse and coercion,” Geo News quoted him as saying.

“The administration has declared a state of emergency to combat rape cases,” he said.

The minister said that civil society, women’s rights organizations, teachers and lawyers would be consulted on this issue. In addition, he urged parents to teach their children the importance of safety.

Tarar said that the defendants in a number of cases were detained, the government launched a campaign against rape, and students would be warned about harassment in schools.

The Home Secretary said now is the time for parents to learn how to protect their children. He stated that the government will increase the number of DNA samples in an expedited manner.

“The abuse system will be implemented within two weeks, which will reduce the number of incidents,” he added.

Ratio of gender-based violence in Pakistan has risen

Pakistan is suffering and fighting an epidemic of gender-based violence and violence against women affects all classes of the country.

According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2021, Pakistan is ranked 153rd out of 156 countries, just above Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.

An article published in the International Forum on Rights and Security (IFFRAS) states that Pakistan has reported 14,456 cases of harassment of women in the past four years, while Punjab has reported the highest number of such cases.

In addition, harassment of women in the workplace, domestic violence against women, and other discriminatory practices against women are widespread.

“In 2018, there were 5,048 cases of workplace harassment and violence against women in the country, followed by 4,751 cases in 2019, 4,276 cases in 2020, and 2,078 cases in 2021,” reads a document from the Ministry of human rights.

According to human rights activists, lawyers and survivors, IFFRAS notes that overlapping legal systems riddled with loopholes and deeply rooted patriarchy in society combine to ensure that women survivors of violence are unlikely to achieve justice.

“The whole process from the moment a crime is committed against a woman to its registration with the police, and then the trial is structured in such a way that justice remains unattainable,” said Nayab Gohar Jan, a well-known human rights activist. in May.

(According to ANI)

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