Violence against woman: Call for justice
Authorities Tuesday sprang into action to provide a domestic violence victim with justice in the Bahawalnagar district of the southern Punjab district.
Punjab Women Protection Authority Chairperson Kaneez Fatima took notice of a viral video showing a woman being tortured cruelly allegedly by her husband.
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The top cop said special squads have been on to it. Police registered a case and arrested the accused. The cruel crime took place a few days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25).
Such crimes have reached epidemic proportions as this issue is shrouded in secrecy and shame. Reportedly, from 60 to 70pc of women in Pakistan are suffering some form of violence and abuse. Around 5,000 women are killed every year, a report said, adding that thousands become disabled because of domestic violence.
Kaneez Fatima vowed to provide the victim with justice and continue playing her role for the cause. Last week, a woman fell prey to honour killing as her father shot her dead near a sessions court compound.
On October 21, a woman was allegedly tortured and raped by a university student in the underpass of the Metro Bus Station in Rawalpindi. On October 14, police claimed to have arrested one of the three suspects of rapping a teen in Toba Tek Singh district Punjab. On October 12, a newlywed was tortured to death allegedly by her in-laws in the Shadbagh area.
The horrific murder of 27-year-old Noor Muqaddam murder in Islamabad, the country’s capital, earlier in the ongoing year made headlines and triggered countrywide demos for stepping up efforts for ensuring women’s protection.