Report shows Pakistan lacks ‘concrete plan’ to address gender-based violence
Islamabad: A recent report released by Human Rights Commission Pakistan has shown the nation has a poor record when it comes to women’s rights.
Pakistan was ranked 153rd out of 156 nations by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap 2021 index; it was placed 151st out of 153 in 2020.
According to Human Rights Commission Pakistan’s (HRCP) recent report, in the country, at least 11 rape cases are reported daily with over 22,000 such incidents reported to police in the last six years (2015-21), reports Daily Times.
Instead of a decline in the number of cases, there has been a sharp rise, with an overall conviction rate of less than one percent.
“Only 77 accused of the 22,000 cases were found to be convicted and the conviction rate is around 0.3 per cent,” noted the report.
Moreover, assaults and sexual abuse of children have surged by nearly a third in the country last year.
The Sahil organization, a group that tracks child sexual abuse and works on child protection programs, published a report titled “Cruel Numbers”, which states that there were 3,852 cases of child sexual abuse in 2021 in Pakistan.
The majority of those committing the assaults were family acquaintances or otherwise known to the children, said the report.