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Pakistan’s Punjab to declare “emergency” due to rising rape cases

'Emergency' Declared In Pakistan's Punjab Due To Rising Rape Cases

Pakistan is ranked 153 out of 156 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index 2021 rankings.

Islamabad:

Pakistan’s Punjab province has decided to declare an ’emergency’ amid a spurt in cases of sexual abuse against women and children.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Punjab Home Minister Atta Tarar said that the increase in such incidents is a serious issue for the society and government officials.

“Four to five rape cases are being reported in Punjab every day, due to which the government is considering special measures to deal with cases of sexual harassment, abuse and coercion,” Geo News quoted him as saying.

“The administration has declared a state of emergency to deal with rape cases,” he said.

The minister said that civil society, women’s rights organisations, teachers and lawyers would be consulted in the matter. In addition, he urged parents to teach their children about the importance of safety.

Tarar said the accused have been detained in several cases, the government has launched an anti-rape campaign and students will be warned about harassment in schools.

The Home Minister said that now is the time for parents to learn how to protect their children. He said the government would rapidly increase the number of DNA samples.

“A system on misuse will be implemented in two weeks, which will reduce incidents,” he said.

Pakistan is grappling with an epidemic of gender violence and violence against women across all sections of the country.

According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2021 rankings, Pakistan is ranked 153 out of 156 countries, just above Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.

An article published in the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS) said that Pakistan has reported 14,456 women during the last four years, while Punjab has recorded the highest number in this regard.

Apart from this, harassment of women at workplace, domestic violence against women and other discriminatory activities against women have also been rampant.

The document from the Ministry of Human Rights said, “There were 5,048 cases of workplace harassment and violence against women reported in the country during 2018, followed by 4,751 cases in 2019, 4,276 in 2020 and 2,078 in 2021 “

IFFRAS said that according to the opinion of human rights activists, lawyers and survivors it is impossible to ensure that justice is provided to the victims of violence, legal systems rife with the flaws in the society and a deeply ingrained patriarchy in the society are impossible .

Naib Gohar Jan, a prominent rights activist, said, “The entire process of a woman being charged with a crime to being lodged with the police—and then the court process—is structured in such a way that justice remains elusive.” in May.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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