According to the news of ‘Dawn’ newspaper, while addressing a press conference at the headquarters of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), the minister said, ‘Four to five cases of rape are being reported daily in Punjab, due to which the government is facing sexual harassment. , is considering special measures to deal with abuses and such cases.
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Students will be made aware in schools
In the presence of Law Minister Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Tarar said all cases would be reviewed by the Cabinet Committee on Rape and Law and Order and civil bodies, women’s rights organisations, teachers and lawyers would also be consulted to keep a watch on such incidents. .
Tarar also urged parents to educate their children about the importance of safety and not to leave children alone in their homes without supervision. The minister said that in many cases the accused have been detained and students will be made aware in schools about sexual harassment. He said that the government has started many campaigns to stop the incidents of rape.
What do government figures say about women’s harassment
According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2021 ranking, Pakistan is ranked 153 out of 156 countries, just above Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. An article published in the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS) said that Pakistan has reported the rape of 14,456 women during the last four years, while Punjab has recorded the highest number in this regard. Apart from this, harassment of women at workplace, domestic violence against women and other discriminatory activities against women have also taken place on a large scale.
The document from the Ministry of Human Rights said, “There were 5,048 cases of workplace harassment and violence against women reported in the country during 2018, followed by 4,751 cases in 2019, 4,276 in 2020 and 2,078 in 2021 “.