Violence against women

Violence against women


Unfortunately, women in the tribal society of Balochistan are not new to violence including rape, murder and domestic violence. Sadly the year 2021 was also not kind to them as around 49 cases of honour killing were reported across the province. The annual report issued by the Aurat Foundation Balochistan reveals that in total 129 cases of violence were recorded against women in Balochistan and surprisingly, the provincial capital Quetta is on the top of the list as out of 129, the largest number of cases was recorded in Quetta. Report said, there were 33 incidents of violence including 12 torture cases, three rape cases and two honour killing cases in Quetta last year. Four cases of sexual harassment also occurred there. In 78 cases women were killed brutally including 49 honour killing cases and 29 other incidents in which women lost their lives. After the murder, torture was the most widespread crime against women in the province with 28 cases reported. Most of the honour killing cases were reported in Naseerabad district as 27 incidents occurred in this district alone. Naseerabad was followed by Jaffara-bad and Mastung with five cases each. Two cases each were reported from Zhob and Quetta districts and two from Kalat and Kohlu each. Unfortunately, Quetta was on the top of the torture case with 12 incidents. Eight cases of murder of women were also reported from the capital city of Quetta, four from Lasbella and three from Khuzdar. By the same token, across Baloch-istan 57 women and 21 men were murder-ed last year in a total 78 cases. It is feared that the number of cases of violence against women might be more than those reported in the media because unfortunately, being a conservative society the people mostly avoid reporting such cases and ultimately the accused easily escape law. It is more painful that eight kidnapping cases of women also took place in the province along with five cases of rape and gang rape. The increasing number of violence cases again women is very unfortunate. The women are killed in the name of ‘honor’ and men are let escape or which has become a very shameful act this crime is strengthening its roots. Experts in this regard point all fingers to the traditional Jirga system which has turned the honour killing into a trade. Men are often produced before the Jirga for having a relationship with girls and they are often spared and asked to pay large fines in return. It is inevitable that tribal elders, intellectuals, parliamentarians and civil society should play its role in changing this situation. And it is the prime responsibility of the government to ensure security to women and take action against elements involved in abduction, rape and violence against wom-en. Similarly, as it is claimed that there is more respect for women in tribal society then it must be exhibited and all kind of violence must be discouraged against women.