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Violence against women high in Peshawar

Published Oct 24, 2012 01:12am


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Pakistani women walk in a market – AP (File Photo)

PESHAWAR, Oct 23: Peshawar is among 14 districts in the country with high incidence of violence against women over the first six months of the current year, according to an Aurat Foundation report.

Other districts are Lahore, Okara, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Gujrat, DG Khan, Pakpattan, Muzaffargarh, Sahiwal, Mirpurkhas, Sheikhupura and Ghotiki, said the ‘Violence Against Women In Pakistan Monitor (Jan-June 2012) report released here on Tuesday.

According to the report, women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are at a high risk of subjugation but culture and societal norms in the province make it harder for women to report violence against them.

During January and June this year, 283 VAW cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the number is six per cent of the countrywide incidence of such crimes.

Around 55 per cent of VAW incidents reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in six months were of murder totaling 157, while the province registered nine cases of abduction and kidnapping during the period.

Overall, 32 cases of domestic violence, 23 of honour killing and 30 of suicide were reported in the province between Jan and June 2012.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the prevalence of sexual violence was reportedly low as seven cases of rape or gang rape were reported in six months.

The rate of the registration of first information report for VAW was reportedly high in the province as FIRs of 65 per cent of the cases were reported during the first six months of the year.

According to the report, FIRs were registered for 184 VAW cases but no FIR was registered for 82 cases. There is no information about the status of FIR for 17 cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Statistics show 60 per cent of women who were subjected to violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were married.

“A total of 1,170 married and 62 unmarried women were victims of violence of women in the province during the Jan-June 2012 period. There is no information available about the marital status of 51 victims of violence against women,” it said.

The report said there was no information about the age of 69 per cent of VAW victims from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It added that 47 women subjected to violence were aged below 18 years, 33 between 19 and 36 years and seven over 36 years.

According to the report, during the Jan-June 2012 period, the country reported 1,086 cases of women’s abduction and kidnapping, 792 of women’s murder, 435 of women’s rape or gang rape, 349 of suicide by women, 346 of honour killings, 298 of domestic violence against women, 50 of sexual assault against women, 46 of throwing acid on women, 32 of burning women and 1,160 of other kinds of VAW.

It said the VAW numbers are based on media reports and the actual incidence of VAW is much higher.

“All issues related to women are still considered a very private matter and are not frequently reported. Women are either forced to or prefer to suffer in silence,” it said.


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gashirazi Oct 24, 2012 08:04pm
Even educated families have this problem.
Abbas Oct 24, 2012 12:06pm
Violence against woman is directly linked with the literacy rate of masses. Pakistan ranks 113th among 120 nations in literacy rate so nothing surprising here. My question is why this VAW is higher (relatively lower to Pak) in developed countries like US and UK when they are the champion of education????
Abdullah Hussain Oct 25, 2012 02:47am
Sorry Sue, You are looking with one eye only. Most of the problems occurring in Pakistan are due to lack of proper education. Pakistan being comparatively a poor country cannot afford mass education essentially required to coop with women right problems or domestic violence. What about the west & US where education is abundant why then do the women have to face the kind of domestic violence present there.
ali Oct 25, 2012 02:38am
This news is not surprising. The government along with the print and electronic media should undertake the responsibility of educating men not to torture or murder women through TV ads, plays, billboards and stories in the newspapers etc otherwise they need to be told that they will face the wrath of God..There should be more women centers where women can go with their complaints when they are in trouble and these centers should provide them protection.
Karachi Wala Oct 24, 2012 01:28pm
Could it be because VAW are registered?
Cyrus Howell Oct 25, 2012 03:07am
We live in a society where violent savages and the insane are permitted to roam freely among the rest of us. It's not "politically correct" to complain.
Sue Sturgess Oct 24, 2012 01:28pm
Unfortunately, domestic violence exists everywhere, but why would you think it is higher in US or UK? Uneducated countries tend not to collect such statistics, and also to discourage women from reporting abuse ... but even from obvious evidence .. it is clear that, in all countries, despite abuse happening across the full spectrum, lower educational levels still equate with higher degrees of female abuse
khan Oct 25, 2012 12:53am
You must be kidding. 99.9% women in the west are working in fast food restaurents, Bars, and at the most as receptionests. If thats what you call free and educated , then good for them. we don't want it.
v Oct 24, 2012 03:11pm
Their justification for any and all crimes done in the name of religion is to say the west is worse. Delusional at best.
azhar Oct 24, 2012 05:31pm
nice comment
Roney Indian Oct 24, 2012 03:33pm
you got it right Kabir...pointing out at others flaws is not going to make Pak look any better..
khan Oct 25, 2012 12:46am
Do u live in peshawar? And you think this statistics is real and true? At least it is far better for the women subjected to voilence in the westrn world.
Abdullah Hussain Oct 25, 2012 02:35am
While violence may be high in Pakistan (thanks to foreign interference) Women in west are treated more as a sex commodity with little self respect. US boost of equal women rights however till date not a single women got elected as head of the country.
Virkaul Oct 25, 2012 04:16am
For centuries women have been abused in our male dominated world. In the twentieth century, after Europe and America went through turmoil, they gave rights to women and considered them ax equals. India and South East Asia have reformed but need to do much more, North India, in particular. In Islamic societies such transformation has not happened at all. In fact, they are going in reverse gear.
FactCheck Oct 24, 2012 08:41pm
No joke. Look at the UN and US reports. Women and female children and their parents live in daily fear, even terror. Wives and girl friends are beaten and killed every day. You are the one joking. Facts are not amused. Not to be joked about. Sad tears...
Syed Oct 24, 2012 08:12pm
educate the men, fix the dilemma. period.
Fazil K. Oct 24, 2012 07:19pm
Unless a woman who shares the same home and the same life with a man, has equal rights with the man (which does not mean they have to do the same things), we cannot say that we are civilized. If a man cannot give equal right to the woman who is his life partner, how can he give equal rights to other sections of the population (e.g. minorities, landless poor, illiterates, etc.) who are far from his sight.
Goga Nalaik Oct 24, 2012 01:03pm
And Spain is considered as the champion in Europe (unfortunately)
Sue Sturgess Oct 24, 2012 01:21pm
Surely you must be joking! In US or UK a woman who has experienced domestic violence can rely much more heavily on the legal system than can any woman in Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell Oct 24, 2012 05:35pm
Denial is not a river in Egypt. Low self esteem seems to be a permanent problem with people who cannot understand what has happened to them. When will the light bulb go on?
Gloria Asfiandiar Oct 24, 2012 09:30am
Nothing compared to UK and USA.
Kabir Oct 24, 2012 01:31pm
I do not understand why Pakistani always start comparing other countries when some thing is bad reported from Pakistan why not only concentrate on the issue in hand we are not responsible for whole world we have to rectify our problems which are pinching very hard to our future as a country
Raw is War Oct 24, 2012 01:31pm
my Pakistani friends should learn to take criticism. Only then, you can improve. You cannot copare European standards with that of Pakistan. Women there are Interdependent. They do not rely on men for anything. In fact most of them make more money (are also more successful) than men in their jobs.
taranveer singh Oct 24, 2012 04:56pm
violence against women is present everywhere . pak and Afghanistan are considered most dangerous countries for women. India is not good in this case. westrens are much better.
Sue Sturgess Oct 24, 2012 08:22am
Just as Peshawar is high on Pakistan's list of its regions that have a high rate of violence towards women, Pakistan is high on the list of countries of the world that are similarly violent. One can but imagine the life of a woman in one of the most violent areas of one of the most violent countries for women. It must be horrendous
Cyrus Howell Oct 24, 2012 05:25pm
I'm betting Gloria doesn't live in Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell Oct 24, 2012 05:27pm
Women have no legal rights in Pakistan unless they have powerful relatives.
Cyrus Howell Oct 24, 2012 05:32pm
I would hardly call the US and Britain champions of education. The lower classes can't wait to leave school. Especially the Mexicans in America. If you are Afro-British in the UK the gang life is calling you. people have to be taught by their parents. If the parents have practically no education, what then?
Indian_American Oct 25, 2012 12:19am
I remember this incident which happened 20 years ago back when I used to live in India. I had went to police station to report a minor theft . I saw a poor muslim woman pleading to hIndu police constable to register complaint (fir) against her alcoholic muslim husband who was physically abusing her. Police constable laughed at her and told her that it would start hindu/muslim riots if he locks up her husband. Basically he told her to get lost. I saw a sense of helplessness and sadness on her pretty face which is very hard to forget. That poor woman left police station crying but her dejected face still haunts me even after all these years. I feel guilty of not having enough courage to tell coward police to do something about her situation . btw i am non-practicing hindu so my indian friends, lets not make this a religion issue . Abuse is Abuse . Plain and Simple !!!