Violence against women is ever on the rise in Pakistan. The country ranks sixth on the list of the world’s most dangerous countries for women. According to statistics collected by White Ribbon Pakistan, an NGO working for women’s rights, 4,734 women faced sexual violence between 2004 and 2016 while more than 15,000 cases of honour crimes were registered during that period. There were more than 1,800 cases of domestic violence and over 5,500 cases of kidnapping of women during the mentioned period. According to media reports, more than 51,241 cases of violence against women were reported from January 2011 to June 2017. Meanwhile, conviction rate remains low, with the accused in just 2.5% of all reported cases ending up being convicted by the courts.
The honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan has recently announced that 1,000 courts would be set up to deal with the cases of violence against women. I request the federal government to take a serious action against these monsters and put an end to this evil once and for all.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2021.