Honor killings, domestic violence claim 23 lives of women in Balochistan

Cases of violence against women increased in Balochistan

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Honor killings, domestic violence claim 23 lives of women in Balochistan

Staff Reporter :

QUETTA: Honor killings and domestic violence have claimed 23 lives of women across Balochistan since January 1st this year. So far, 44 acts of violence have been committed against women during the current year, Allauddin Khan Khilji, the director Aurat Foundation revealed while talking to the daily Quetta Voice.

Five men were also murdered in the name of honor killing during last more than five months. In most cases, the accused have not been arrested by police and levies. Most of the cases of honor killings took place in Balochistan’s Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts.

The Aurat foundation data obtained by this daily shows that 6 women were subjected to rape/ gang rape, 2 were kidnapped. “Domestic violence has increased this year”, Mr. Khilji stated.

Two recently cold-blooded murders of women in Muslim Bagh and Deobandi Killa Abdullah have pained every sane people in the society, Ishaq Khan Nasar Advocate who lobbies for human and women rights said.

Last year, 118 incidents of violence against women were reported from Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. “Impunity is the underlying factor behind violence against women”, Mr. Nasar Advocate mentioned.

In most parts of rural Balochistan, incidents of violence against women go unnoticed. Low literacy rate, tribal taboos and poor prosecution coupled with no proper investigation by levies force appear to be major reasons behind such violent incidents against women.

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