Sindh [Pakistan]June 25 (ANI): Police in Sindh province have reported 913 cases of violence against women and children in the first four months of 2023, Dawn reported.
The Dawn is an English-language Pakistani newspaper.
Police in the province received 771 cases of violence against women and 142 cases of violence against children between Jan. 1 and April 30, according to a report released by research and advocacy firm Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO).
Given the social taboo in Pakistan, people are less likely to report such cases to the police, and SSDO believes the actual frequency of cases may be higher, Dawn reported.
During these four months, a total of 529 women were abducted in Sindh province.
The figures paint a depressing picture of the state of women’s safety in the province. The report noted that the second highest number was domestic violence cases (119), indicating that women are at increased risk of violence in both the public and private spheres.
In addition, 56 rapes and 37 honor killings were reported in the province during this period.
Out of all these cases, three districts, Central Karachi, Hyderabad and Kemari emerged as hotspots for crimes of violence against women, reporting 63, 58 and 54 cases respectively out of a total of 771 cases.
When it comes to violence against children, sexual violence was shockingly the most prevalent, with 67 cases, Dawn reported.
In addition, 41 children were abducted in a short period of time, and the police also reported 16 cases of child marriage and 14 cases of child labor.
Out of a total of 142 cases of violence against children, South Karachi (21), Keamali (16) and West Karachi (13) emerged as the hotspots with the highest crime frequency. (Arnie)
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