Pakistan’s Punjab to declare ’emergency’ due to rise in rape cases

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


Pakistan’s Punjab province has decided to declare an “emergency” amid a rapid rise in reported cases of sexual abuse against women and children.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Punjab Home Minister Atta Tarar said an increase in such incidents was a serious problem for society and government officials.

“Four to five cases of rape are reported daily in Punjab, so the government is considering special measures to deal with cases of sexual harassment, abuse and coercion,” he said, quoted by Geo News.

“To deal with the rape cases, the administration has declared an emergency,” he said.

The minister said civil society, women’s rights organizations, teachers and lawyers will be consulted on the matter. In addition to this, she urged parents to teach their children about the importance of safety.

Tarar claimed that the defendants in several cases had been arrested, the government had launched a campaign against the rapes, and students would be warned about bullying in schools.

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

“In two weeks, a system on abuse will be implemented, reducing incidents,” he added.

Pakistan has been suffering from and struggling with an epidemic of gender-based violence and violence against women cuts across classes in the country.

Pakistan ranks 153rd out of 156 countries, just above Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan, according to the 2021 Global Gender Gap Index ranking.

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

In addition to this, harassment of women in the workplace, domestic violence against women, and other discriminatory activities against women have also been rampant.

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

IFFRAS said overlapping legal systems riddled with loopholes and a deeply embedded patriarchy in society combine to ensure that women survivors of violence have little chance of obtaining justice in the view of human rights activists, lawyers and survivors.

“The whole process, from the moment a crime is committed against a woman to her registration with the police, and then the judicial procedure, is structured in such a way that justice remains elusive,” said Nayab Gohar Jan, a prominent rights activist. In May.

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