Cases of ‘misbehaviour’ rise in Pakistan’s Punjab
Rape and child abuse are on the rise in Pakistan’s Punjab province, with the Pakistani government declaring a state of emergency to stop sexual abuse cases against women and children. Punjab Home Minister Ata Tarar on Sunday said the administration was forced to “declare a state of emergency to deal with cases of abuse”. The minister said that the rapid rise in cases of sexual abuse against women and children in the province has become a serious issue for the society and government officials.
Addressing a press conference at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) headquarters, the minister said, “Four to five cases of rape are being registered every day in Punjab, which has led to allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct. There have been allegations. Considering taking special measures against the government.
In the presence of Law Minister Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Tarar said all cases would be reviewed by the Cabinet Committee on Misconduct and Law Enforcement and that civil society organisations, women’s rights organisations, teachers and lawyers would be consulted to monitor such incidents . ,
Tarar urged parents to educate their children about the importance of safety and not to leave children alone in their homes without supervision. The minister said that in many cases the accused have been detained and students will be made aware about sexual harassment in schools. He said that the government has launched several campaigns to check the incidents of rape.
According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2021 ranking, Pakistan is ranked 153 out of 156 countries, above Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. According to an article published in the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), 14,456 women have been raped in Pakistan in the last four years, with Punjab having the highest number of rapes. There has also been widespread harassment of women at workplace, domestic violence against women and other discriminatory activities against women. “There were 5,048 cases of workplace harassment and violence in the country during 2018, followed by 4,751 in 2019, 4,276 in 2020 and 2,078 in 2021,” the document from the Human Rights Ministry said.