Punjab most violent province for women: Report

Published: October 13, 2011
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STICKING OUT: 78% of the total 1,063 FIRs filed for crimes against women
were registered in Punjab.

STICKING OUT: 78% of the total 1,063 FIRs filed for crimes against women were registered in Punjab.

ISLAMABAD: 

Punjab is the most violent province in Pakistan, or so the data collected by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in 70 districts across the country suggests.

According to the report, 78% of the total 1,063 FIRs filed for crimes against women were registered in Punjab, 11% in Sindh, 8% in KP, 2% in ICT and 1% in Balochistan.

Moreover, out of the 215 reported cases of rape, 85% were in Punjab, 5% in Sindh and 4% in K-P. Ninety-five per cent of the total 253 FIRs registered against assault on women’s were reported in 25 districts in Punjab, while 2% were registered in four districts of K-P and four incidents each in three districts in Sindh and two in Balochistan.

(Read: Reported cases of violence against women show a marked rise)

The report stated that out of the 40 honour killings cases registered in 15 districts, 45% were reported in six districts of Sindh and 25% in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). Sixty-five per cent of 409 FIRs registered in 29 districts against forced marriages were reported in nine districts in Punjab, the report stated.

In July, FAFEN monitors visited 70 District Police Officers’ (DPO) offices to collect information on 27 offences covered by the Pakistan Penal Code. They monitored 28 districts in Punjab, 18 in K-P, 12 in Sindh, 11 in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). They noted that 40,446 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered, of which 3% cases involved violence against women.

The report monitored 27 offences and categorised them into five categories: physical harm to persons, crimes pertaining to property, threat and fraud, crimes against women and other crimes.

Region wise

Overall, almost 72% of the total 40,446 FIRs were registered in Punjab, followed by 17% in K-P, 9% in Sindh and 1% each in Balochistan and ICT.

However, the report said that relatively higher registration of cases in Punjab may be attributed to its high population, willingness of people to register FIRs and better response by the police and to the greater outreach of FAFEN monitors in Punjab.

Similarly, lesser registration of cases in Balochistan and K-P does not necessarily represent a low crime rate. It may be attributed to limited outreach of FAFEN, non-registration of cases by the victims, unavailable infrastructure or to people’s tendency to resolve their conflicts through informal structures like Jirgas.

Category wise

Around 66% of the 4,756 FIRs of crimes involving physical harm to persons were registered in Punjab, 16% in Sindh and 14% in K-P. Similarly, 85% of the 8,073 property-related FIRs were registered in Punjab, 11% in Sindh, and 2% and 1% in K-P and ICT respectively.

Ninety-one per cent of the total 3,351 threat and fraud crimes were registered in Punjab, both K-P and Sindh claimed an equal share of 4%.

Monitored districts in Punjab reported 57% of the attempted murder and 46% murder cases. The report said 29% and 20% of all murder cases were reported in 12 districts in Sindh and 17 districts in K-P.

It added that nearly three fourths of all murder cases reported in Sindh were registered in Karachi district alone, attributing it to the wave of target killings along with its population density.

The report said theft, hurt, counterfeiting currency notes, robbery and dacoity and motor vehicle theft were among the 10 most frequent crimes while hurt, murder, attempted murder, theft and robbery and dacoity were the most widespread crimes in July 2011.

FAFEN is a network of 42 civil society organizations working to foster democratic accountabilities in Pakistan. It is governed by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Amjad
    Oct 13, 2011 - 3:26AM

    I seriously doubt the way such statistics are collected and evaluated. Think about how women are treated in rural Sind and Baluchistan. They do not enjoy any of the freedom available to even a simple village woman in the Punjab. I suspect that the study did not collect data properly because it is well known that women in Punjabi society enjoy the greatest freedom to attend school, choose a partner or pursue a career. Moreover Punjabi women tend to enjoy a more equal marriage relationship with their spouses than other ethnic groups in Pakistan.

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  • Sarfraz
    Oct 13, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Punjab is the only province where FIRs are lodged while in other provinces women don’t have right to reach Police and lodge FIRs. they can’t even reach to any Jirga/Punchayat but traeted with “justice at home”. that shows they are given fair chance to prove themselves innocent or not.

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  • grinz09
    Oct 13, 2011 - 9:32PM

    Ch Nisar must stop his antics and seriously concentrate on the law and order situation in Punjab with special focus on atrocities against women.

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  • Stevenson
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @Sarfraz: I think you are right. It is precisely because women are better off in the Punjab that they are able to fill an FIR. I agree that women in the Punjab have it better than anywhere in Pakistan or India for that matter.

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  • Mirza
    Oct 14, 2011 - 1:16AM

    This news is a conspiracy against Pakistan and particularly Punjab. This province is ruled by PML-N and Sharifs and is a safe haven for women and children. In fact it is a shining example of fairness, transparency, freedom and good governance of PML-N.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 3:30AM

    There’s really no need to be defensive or in denial for the sake of provincial and ethnic homerism.

    There’s an unacceptable level of crime everywhere, even if the crime rates vary.

    The report’s limitations is mentioned by the report itself in the article.

    However, the report said that relatively higher registration of cases in Punjab may be attributed to its high population, willingness of people to register FIRs and better response by the police and to the greater outreach of FAFEN monitors in Punjab.

    Similarly, lesser registration of cases in Balochistan and K-P does not necessarily represent a low crime rate. It may be attributed to limited outreach of FAFEN, non-registration of cases by the victims, unavailable infrastructure or to people’s tendency to resolve their conflicts through informal structures like Jirgas

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  • kamran
    Oct 18, 2011 - 1:07PM

    Hey guys, this is for those who think that women, every where in Punjab are better off and exercise thie rights. Just read this news,

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/14/a-village-steeped-in-draconian-tradition.htmlRecommend

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