Domestic violence against women surges by 25%: Report

Published: July 16, 2012

The Aurat Foundation report states 25% increase in domestic violence against women. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: An increase of  25% in domestic violence against women was recorded in the year 2011 as compared to the previous year, a report by the Aurat Foundation found.

The foundation launched its fourth annual report, titled “Situation of Violence against Women in Pakistan,” on Monday.

According to the report, a 6.57% decrease was also registered in cases related to abduction and kidnapping of women.

Similarly a 9.68% decrease was observed in incidents of murder of women and 10.88% decrease in incidents of rapes and gang rapes of women in 2011.

Women’s rights activist and former member of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Nasreen Azhar presented the findings of the report and said that violence against women has demonstrated a continuously increasing graph.

Former NCSW chairperson, Anis Haroon said that the current data also shows a rise in cases of violence against women.

Haroon said that in Pakistan, violence was more problematic and cruel than other countries as there is no system of addressing the issue and cases including those related to “honour” killings and land disputes are not properly reported.

She emphasised the need to change mindsets of the public for eradication of violence against women.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 16, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Alarming situation.

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  • Kim
    Jul 16, 2012 - 10:38PM

    I wonder if actual instances of domestic violence is higher….or if more people are actually reporting it?

    For instance, rape statistics increase in the US…but I really don’t think it is because more actual rapes are happening…it’s just that more women are reporting it. It’s much less of a “shame” or a “taboo” to admit to being raped now, whereas in the past, it was much harder on a woman to come forward and report.

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  • MJ
    Jul 17, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Good job guys. I wish we had a 25% increase here in the USA. The women are out of control and need to be put back in their place.

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  • Lucy
    Jul 17, 2012 - 7:03PM

    @MJ:
    I truly hope our comment is meant to be a joke, however sick a joke.

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  • Filomena
    Jul 19, 2012 - 6:44PM

    @MJ:
    That is an offensive comment about a serious problem that debilitates everyone and has such negative impacts on society. Shame on you, even if jokingRecommend

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