Violence against women

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Fatima Imam Baksh
Women and children continue to face harassment and violence in Pakistan, while the Pakistani media has failed to cover these acts of violence. According to a report released by the Sustainable Social Development Organisation (SSDO), 6,754 women were abducted and 1890 raped during the first six months of this year.34 cases of rape were registered in Islamabad while 3,721 cases of violence against women and 752 cases of child abuse were registered in Punjab. However, according to the SSDO, only 27 cases were covered in the media. The report also indicated that out of 163 cases about the abduction of women were registered in Islamabad, only 26 cases have been reported in the media and, In Punjab, there is a large number of cases of sexual harassment, rape, abduction, child abuse and domestic violence.