Pakistan: Increased rape cases declare “emergency” in Punjab

Islamabad [Pakistan]June 22: Pakistan’s Punjab state has decided to declare an “emergency” amid a surge in reports of sexual abuse of women and children.

At a press conference on Monday, Punjab Interior Minister Atta Tarrah said the increase in such cases was a serious problem for social and government officials.

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“There are four to five rape cases reported daily in Punjab, and the government is considering special measures to deal with sexual harassment, abuse and coercion cases,” he said by GeoNews. ..

“To deal with the rape case, the administration has declared an emergency,” he said.

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The minister said civil society, women’s rights groups, teachers, and lawyers will be discussed on this issue. In addition to this, he urged his parents to teach their children about the importance of safety.

Tarar said defendants were detained in many cases, the government launched anti-rape campaigns, and students would be warned of harassment at school.

The interior minister said it was time for parents to learn how to protect their children. He said the government would quickly increase the number of DNA samples.

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

Pakistan has been struggling with the epidemic of gender-based violence and violence against women across national classes.

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

According to an article published in the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), Pakistan has reported as many as 14,456 women in the last four years, and Punjab has reported the highest number in this regard.

In addition to this, harassment of women in the workplace, domestic violence against women, and other discriminatory activities against women are rampant.

According to a Ministry of Human Rights document, “ 5,048 cases of harassment and violence against women in the workplace were reported in 2018, followed by 4,751 cases in 2019, 4,276 cases in 2020 and 2,078 cases in 2021. It was done. “

IFFRAS, in the opinion of human rights activists, lawyers and survivors, has been pierced by loopholes in overlapping legal systems and societies to ensure that violent female survivors are unlikely to gain justice. He said it was a combination of deeply rooted patriarchies.

“The entire process from the moment a crime is committed against a woman to registering with the police, and the court process, is structured so that justice remains elusive,” said prominent rights activist Nayab. Gohar Yang said. May. (ANI)

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