Gender based violence

Sana Khan

The women in Pakistan are continuously suffering from strict religious, family and tribal customs. The women are facing different kinds of violence and discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. According to a report, Pakistan ranks second from 145 countries in terms of gender basis disparities.
Gender based violence is the most unbearable violation of rights of women in our country. The official statistics have estimated that since January 2012, more than 8,650 incidents of human rights violation were reported. From these cases 860 were of honour killing, 481 of domestic violence, 344 rape cases, 268 sexual assaults, 90 acid burnings while 535 cases of violence against women. The War Against Rape estimated that four women are being raped every day in our country and 49 percent of rape cases have been increased as compared to 2013 and 2014. Since 2007 to 2015, more than 1,230 victims of acid violence and 1004 acid attacks were reported in the country.
Mostly the victims are women as 70 percent women have fallen in the age of 17 to 30 years. Despite the effort of government, the gender-based violence is increasing rapidly. The major categories of crimes against women in Pakistan are murder, kidnapping and rape. Honour killing and suicide remained the major categories as indicated in another report.
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