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133 Women Reportedly Kidnapped in July

Islamabad-In July, 133 women kidnapped, another 133 physically assaulted and 85 raped across Pakistan while 108 cases of sexual abuse of children reported in the media: SSDO report.

11 August 2022; According to research conducted by the Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) and the Centre for Research, Development and Communication (CRDC), kidnapping of women, physical assault of women and sexual abuse of children were the most reported cases in the month of July 2022 in the mainstream media.

For three months in a row, kidnapping of women has been most heavily reported in the media, with a total of 133 cases. 93 of these cases were reported only from Punjab. Sindh reported 20 cases, followed by 15 in Islamabad, 3 in KP and 2 in Balochistan.

Likewise, 133 cases of physical assault against women were reported, which was an increase from last month. Majority of these cases were from Punjab, which had 77 cases, followed by Sindh with 34 cases, 16 from KP, 6 from Islamabad and none from Balochistan.

58 cases of domestic violence were reported in Punjab which is highest among all provinces. 17 and 15 cases were reported in KP and Sindh respectively. Islamabad reported 4 cases. No case of domestic violence was reported in Balochistan. This led to a combined 94 cases, slightly lower than last month.

Reports of women’s rape has slightly lowered in number than last month- total of 85 cases were recorded. Punjab reported the highest number of rape cases: 47, followed by Sindh with 16 cases, 11 from KP, 10 from Islamabad and only 1 from Balochistan.

A total of 7 women lost their lives in honour killing, split pretty closely between Sindh (4) and Punjab (3). Similarly, 7 cases of workplace harassment were reported in the country, most from Punjab 5, followed by 2 from Sindh.

Among all indicators of violence against children, the highest prevalence was of sexual abuse against children, where a total of 108 cases were reported across the country. Punjab stayed at top with 42 cases reported, followed by 32 in KP and 21 in Sindh. The lowest frequencies were reported in Islamabad (10) and Balochistan (3).

Child kidnapping cases reported in the media have estimated that 82 children were kidnapped across Pakistan- 30 of them from Punjab, 27 from KP, 13 from Sindh, 8 from Islamabad and 4 from Balochistan. 37 children have been physically abused across Pakistan according to media reports, 14 in Sindh, 11 in KP, 10 in Punjab, 2 in Islamabad and zero in Balochistan. Further reports have found 22 child murder cases in Pakistan. 50 percent of pedicide incidents occurred in Punjab. 5 cases were reported in Sindh, 3 in KP and 2 in Balochistan and Islamabad, each.

Moreover, 9 cases of child labour and 6 cases of child marriage were seen in the media. Almost all cases of child labour were reported from Punjab (8), with one case in KP, whereas child marriage cases were evenly split between Sindh and Punjab. On the other hand, no cases of child trafficking or psychological assault against children were reported in July 2022 in mainstream newspapers.

Syed Kausar Abbas, Executive Director, SSDO stated, “The aim of regularly publishing this data is to bring attention to the rapid increase in violence against women and children. It is disheartening to see there has been an increase in the indicators of violence. We hope that this data can be a resource for relevant authorities to take action.“

SSDO and CRDC conducted daily tracking of thirteen mainstream newspapers against 14 indicators of violence against women and children. The selection criteria of the newspapers was based on being the most famous, accessible and most-read newspapers in Pakistan. This data is published every month on their official websites, while both organisations also publish a consolidated report annually.

 

 

edited by Amna Sheikh

(sheikh_amna@outlook.com)

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