Pakistan reported a peak in violence against women
A man murdered his wife for not having children and not signing over her property to him, in Khurrianwala, Pakistan.
The man, identified as Shahid Ehsan, was married to the victim Fauzia Tabassum for seven years.
Although the exact date is not yet clear, on the day of the incident, Ehsan seduced his wife, taking her to Saame Nallah.
Once they reached the destination, he killed her out of anger with an axe and proceeded to cut her body into pieces.
The man later threw her body in the canal.
A passerby named Arshad informed the police, after spotting a lot of blood and some bags lying in the canal.
The authorities reached the crime scene and discovered Tabassum’s body parts inside the bags.
According to SHO Balochni Roy Farooq, the man brutally killed his wife, cutting her legs, arms and body into separate pieces and putting them in some sacks.
Ehsan even staged his wife’s abduction and reached the police station to file a complaint.
The man often pressured his wife to sign her property over to him and blamed her for being childless, leading to frequent quarrels between the two.
According to a report, Pakistan reported a peak in violence against women during the pandemic in 2020.
In 2020, Pakistan reported 2,297 cases of violence against women from 25 districts across the country.
The research was carried out by the Aurat Foundation in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation, under the project Jazba-Democracy and Empowered Women.
The research is based on a review of data on the incidents of violence against women collected from various Pakistani newspapers, verified by local authorities.
The data also included an analysis of 14 case studies of violence against women, together with an analysis of multiple interviews from government officials in Provincial Commissions.
57% of the cases were reported in Punjab, 27% in Sindh, 8% in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6% in Gilgit Baltistan, and 2% in Balochistan.
Punjab ranked first for the high number of murder, rape, suicide, acid burning, kidnapping, domestic violence and forced marriage cases at the hand of men.
According to another 2020 report cited by Geo News, at least 11 rape incidents are reported every day in Pakistan.
Out of 22,037 cases of sexual abuse since 2015, only 4,060 are pending in the courts.
However, only 18% of the cases have reached the prosecution stage.