Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

A brutal year for Pakistani women

A report from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) states that there were over 4,000 cases of violence against women in the country last year, BBC News reported on Tuesday.

HRCP recorded 4,276 cases of women’s rights abuses in 2007, which HRCP Secretary Iqbal Haider described as “a brutal year for women.” Still, the figures may be a “gross understatement,” as the group says was the case in the 2006 report. According to HRCP, “many cases go unreported or are hushed up.” The new report says that in 2007, 636 women were honor killing victims, 731 were raped and 736 kidnapped. In northwestern Pakistan, Taliban militants have been continuing to bomb girls’ schools – therefore “badly affect[ing] the attendance and enrolment of girls in schools,” the report adds.

HRCP also documented 71 suicide attacks, which left up to 927 people dead.

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