RAPE, MURDER AND HONOUR KILLING ON THE RISE IN PUNJAB WITH 3% CONVICTION RATE

ISLAMABAD: Massive public outcry after the brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur resulted in arrest and sentencing of the killer within 40 days of the crime but not every rape and murder victim gets speedy justice like Zainab. In fact, on average a woman is raped every three hours in Punjab but only one out of 200 rape-victims gets justice, according to official conviction data analyzed by The News.

According to the investigation by The News, major crimes against women including rape, murder and honour killing have increased consistently during the past three years as the conviction rate remains below 3% for such heinous crimes. The investigation revealed that it was not merely a failure of law enforcement but resource constraints, flaws in the criminal justice system and absence of forensic database were the major contributors in low conviction rate.

 

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