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Violence Against Women in Pakistan: Constraints in Data Collection

Imran Ahmad Sajid, Naushad Ali Khan & Sumera Farid

Abstract

It is a fact that women’s rights are continuously violated at a large scale in Pakistan. Violence against women is a systematic and widespread violation of human rights, not only in Pakistan but also in the entire world. The rate of official reported violence against women acts in Pakistan is below the print media reported cases. The conviction ratio in crimes against women cases is very low. This article focuses on official recorded statistical figures of violence against women in Pakistan. It also highlights the prevalence and trend in violence against women in the country. In addition, the article presents major constraints in investigation and data collection in violence against women cases.

Keywords: Violence, Aggression, Violence Against Women (VAM), Police, Data Constraints, Investigation, Prosecution, Conviction Ratio, Pendency, Domestic Violence, Rape, Honour Killing, Acid Throwing, Women Police.