ISLAMABAD: Crime against women and children has seen a gradual increase in over three years.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police have registered 245 cases of various crimes committed against women and children.
Of the total, 196 cases which were registered as crimes against women and 49 were registered as crimes against children.
Data issued by the Interior Division on Sunday revealed that the majority of the cases against women were in regard to beating, assault or actions that were committed with the intention of “outraging a woman’s modesty”, which fell under section 354 of the Pakistan Penal Code, murder, attempted murder, harassment at work and honour killing.
A break-up of cases regarding crimes against women registered in the ICT from January 2013 to April 2016 revealed that the total number of such cases was 48 in 2013, 33 in 2014, 79 in 2015 and 36 in four months of this year.
The data showed that during the period 25 cases of murder had been registered in the ICT in domestic violence domain.
The number of attempted murder cases was 12, while 48 cases were registered in beating domain during the period.
During 2013, seven cases of murder were registered, six in 2014, eight in 2015 and four such cases during first four of months of this year.
Moreover, 16 cases of beating were registered in 2013, 15 in 2014, 10 in 2015 and seven in 2016.
The data showed that in honour killing domain, one case was registered in 2013.
Similarly, in harassment at the work place domain, three cases – one in 2015 and two in 2016 – were registered.
One forced labour case was registered during 2015.
It is widely known, however, that there exists a massive gulf between the rate of crime against women which is prevalent in society at large, and the very few numbers of cases, which are actually reported and registered.
As for children, the most common types of crimes were in regards to violence inflicted upon them, followed by kidnapping and then forced labour.
As for the steps being taken by the ICT Police to curb the said crimes, the data revealed that Sub-Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs) and SHOs had been directed to register FIRs immediately upon receiving complaints.
The victims of violence are also required to be instantly sent to hospitals, if needed, while necessary counselling be provided to the complainants as well.