A report prepared by a women organsiation in Pakistan has said there has been 89 per cent increase in acid attacks on women in the country in 2012.
Islamabad, Jan 24/Nationalturk – At a time when attention of world media is towards the sexual assaults on women in India, a report in neighbouring Pakistan has said there has been 89 per cent increase in acid attacks on women in the country in 2012.
According to an annual report released by Pakistan’s women organization, Aurat Foundation, acid-throwing attacks on women in country have increased manifold since 2011.
“There has been staggering 89 per cent increase in acid throwing attacks on women in Pakistan. At least 83 incidents of acid throwing were reported in the country in 2012. Besides, domestic violence against women has reached to 62%, burning of women has reached at 33% and murder of women has touched 11%,” the report said.
It revealed that a total of 7,516 cases of violence against women were reported in 2012 compared to 8,539 cases in 2011. “Similarly some 8,000 cases of violence against women were reported in 2010, 8,548 cases in 2009 and 7,571 in 2008 respectively,” it added.
The report, however, said sexual assault crimes against women witnessed 43% decrease. “There were 432 cases of honour killings in the country, which witnessed 39% decrease, suicide were down by 24% and abduction or kidnapping of women were also down by 23 per cent”.
It said there were 820 cases of rape and gang rape of women in Pakistan in 2012.
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