Marked rise in police torture, rape cases

Published: November 9, 2010

178 policemen in Punjab were involved in rape and other human rights violations over last 3 years.

ISLAMABAD: During the last three years the number of cases of torture and rape by police officials has increased by 60 per cent states a new Interior Ministry report. The report was submitted in the national assembly by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

The report states that 178 policemen in Punjab were involved in rape and other human rights violations, of which 89 of them were sent to jail.

Of the 78 cases where policemen were found guilty of abuse and rape in Sindh, 12 were sent to jail.

In Balochistan, during the last two years 10 policemen were found guilty of human rights violations and violence against women.

One such case was reported in the federal area, however no cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.

Violence on the rise overall

An earlier report in The Express Tribune citing the first bi-annual report on the “Situation of Violence against Women in Pakistan 2010’ by the Aurat Foundation revealed that Punjab dominated with 2690 registered cases out of a total of 4069 incidents in various parts of Pakistan.

In July, it was reported that violence against women had overall risen by 13 per cent in 2009. At the time, representatives of the Aurat Foundation and the organisation ‘Violence against Women Watch’ (VAW) had stated:

“We have no expectations from the interior ministry or the provincial governments and their departments… but we urge the ministry of women’s development, which is under the prime minister’s authority, and the women’s parliamentary caucus, which is headed by the speaker of the National Assembly and comprises women MNAs who are strong supporters of women’s rights, and the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), which is headed by a renowned women’s rights activist, to do something to stop this terrible situation of violence against women in the country.”

Reader Comments (12)

  • nina
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:19PM

    There should be a no tolerance policy in place for these individuals who the public turn to for help. Obviously there is no character screening of police recruits when hiring them. Our so called democratic govt is unable to reign in these animals, maybe the Taliban can do more by flogging or stoning to death these “police criminals”. Sometimes drastic measures are required when our society is degenerating so fast with so many social ills that none of our leaders can control the situation.Recommend

  • Raza Khalid
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:19PM

    This makes me sick. Why do we all put up with this? Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:44PM

    Democracy is the best revenge…
    People of Pakistan are feeling the true meaning of this statement now.

    in Sindh only 12 out of bloody 78 reported policemen sent to jail… thats 15% ONLY… shocking.

    But then what better can you expect from MQM and PPP… they breed these human monsters.Recommend

  • buckhorn
    Nov 9, 2010 - 7:55PM

    Its sad to hear that rape and torcher is so prevalent in the hands of those who has taken the oath to serve and protect. Perhaps we need to look into the hiring process of these guilty police officials. Its seems that they are hired on the policy of “Hire a crimi nal to catch a criminal” though I am sure there are few good men in the police forceRecommend

  • Nov 9, 2010 - 9:37PM

    Punjab police is given a free hand by Khadim-e-Aala.Recommend

  • Humanity
    Nov 9, 2010 - 9:41PM

    A society that condones bigotry against others in their constitution is bound to decay into animals. There are no ifs and buts about this law of nature.

    Carry on with genocide of women, children, elderly, sh’ia, ahmadis, hindus, christians, disabled, eunuch, cross-dressers, pukhtoons, sindis, punjabis, balochis, muhajirs, non-jihadis and every one else who dares to disagree with the superior Muslims.

    Only then the state certified Muslims will achieve the promised land that they dream off. The superior Muslims will then practice true islam under the tutelage of taliban. Every one will live happily ever after in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nov 9, 2010 - 10:32PM

    When the police starts to rape.. who protects?Recommend

  • Halaku Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:30AM

    They should check rape and abuse againt boys and men in KP and GB provinces.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:42AM

    Is this a Muslim country??Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:44AM

    @ adeel ell as usual politics here you find some one to blame you lack insightRecommend

  • mnkhan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 8:09AM

    Khyber pukhtoon khawa is the safest place for women of pakistan, report confirms,
    avail this safety at the earliest.Recommend

  • SA
    Nov 10, 2010 - 12:11PM

    @ Adeel, the situation is much worse in Punjab, who’s breeding the monsters there?
    @ MnKhan, I believe no cases were REPORTED in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, not that no incidents have occurred.Recommend

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