Activists in Bara town in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have condemned ‘unwarranted’ police raids on their homes and, while demanding an end, called the raids a ‘violation’ of culture and traditions tribes, media reported. Activists from Bara town in Bara Tehsil in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have condemned “unwarranted” police raids on their homes and, while demanding an end, called the raids a “violation” of culture and traditions. tribal traditions, Dawn reported.
During a press conference at the Bara Press Club on Monday, President Shalobar Qaumi Sareshtha Abdul Ghani, President Bazar Gul and members Zawra Din, Chiragh Afridi, Hamid Mama and Javed Afridi accused Peshawar police of carrying out wanton raids on homes in their area at night. They stressed that this was a “violation” of tribal culture and traditions and that they could not continue to tolerate them. Another problem they reported was that the Peshawar police were not accompanied by female officers when entering the women’s sections of some houses.
Activists and city elders have criticized the raids, pointing out that it violates the sanctity of women’s privacy, Dawn reported. They called for a departmental investigation against the police officers involved in such raids. They also threatened to organize protest demonstrations against these “illegal” actions if they continue. The plight of women in Pakistan is increasing every day as a new report says nearly 6,754 women were abducted in Punjab province in the first half of 2021.
Of these, 1890 women were raped, 3721 were tortured while 752 children were raped, according to a media report. Earlier, Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) released an investigation report on incidents of violence against women and children in Punjab and Islamabad in the first half of 2021. According to official data, 6 754 women were abducted in Punjab in the first half of 2021. No less than 1890 women were raped, 3721 were tortured and 752 children were raped. Government figures claim 1,890 women were raped but only 396 incidents were reported in the media.
On August 30, the board of directors of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) expressed concern over the increase in attacks against women in the country. The TIP pointed out that Muhammad Ali Jinnah had “envisioned a Pakistan where women can stand side by side with men”, but the administration has failed miserably. In Islamabad, there were nearly 34 official incidents of rape while 27 incidents were reported in the media.
The number of officially recorded incidents of violence in Punjab was 3,721, but only 938 cases were reported in the media. (ANI)
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