Pakistan reported highest incidence of violence against women during peak of the pandemic in 2020

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A new report published by the women’s rights organization in Islamabad, has revealed that during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic between January and December 2020 when people were forced to stay at home, Pakistan had 2,297 cases of violence against women from 25 districts across the country.

The report revealed the grim data in its report titled, “Violence against women and girls in the time of Covid-19 pandemic” in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, under the project Jazba-Democracy and Empowered Women, Geo News reported.

The research is based on a review of data on the incidents of violence against women collected from various newspapers in Pakistan, which was said to be verified by local police in 25 selected districts.

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The data also includes an analysis of 14 case studies of violence against women and the analysis of multiple interviews from government officials in Provincial Commissions.

The report shows that 57% of the reported incidence against women were from Punjab, 27% from Sindh, 8% from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6% from Gilgit Baltistan (illegally occupied), and 2% from Balochistan.

Out of the total incidents of violence, Punjab reported the highest number of murder, rape, suicide, acid burning, kidnapping, domestic violence and forced marriage. Meanwhile, Sindh had the highest number of honor killing, according to the report.

A 2020 report cited by Geo News shows there were at least 11 reported rape incidents in Pakistan every day, with over 22,000 cases filed across the country in the last six years.

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As many as 22,037 cases of sexual abuse have been registered since 2015, of which 4,060 cases are pending in the courts. Unfortunately, only 18% have reached the prosecution stage.