100 rapes a day in Karachi



A very worrisome news report appeared on the front page of Daily Times yesterday, which was again highlighted on ATP as well

On average, 100 women are raped every 24 hours in Karachi city alone, and a majority of them are working women, said Additional Police Surgeon (APS). Dr Zulfiqar Siyal told Daily Times “…. very few rape survivors have the courage to come forward in search of justice.”

They do not come forward because of the lengthy medical process and delayed justice system in Pakistan. Only 0.5 percent of cases are reported and the majority (99.5 percent) of survivors prefers to stay silent. Part of the problem is that there are 11 medico-legal sections in three major public sector hospitals but there are only six women medico-legal officers (WMLOs) for the 18 million population of Karachi. “I am sure that there are more than 100 rape cases every day … but you can gauge how many are reported from the official data which says that during the last eight months (between January to August 2008) a total of 197 cases were reported,

I am aware there are some brilliant initiatives already afloat on this issue, so I open the debate allowing people to highlight this problem, offer solutions [existing and planned] which we as the ‘educated section of society‘ can hopefully help to improve.

15 Comments so far

  1. HITMAN (hitman) on September 17th, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    So much for the changes in Hudood Ordinance. Life is "much better" for women in Pak.

  2. judge on September 17th, 2008 @ 10:34 am

    randeyaan aur shoukeen bacheyaan agar agreed payment nahi milti sex service ki tou rape ka ilzam laga daytee hain aaj kal ‘IN’ hai yeah trick., mobile phone, mobile chat zinda baad

  3. Afreen (afreen) on September 17th, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

    There should be:
    a) Increased awareness among the general population that such acts should be condemned and reported.
    b) A systematical judiciary process for rape cases unlike the existing one, which penalized the victims for standing up.
    c) A 24hour Toll Free Helpline for reporting such events, having the option of anonymity as well. This helpline could also help in regulating important information and FAQ related to this issue.

  4. Afreen (afreen) on September 17th, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

    @ judge, you can’t generalize such a serious issue over a mere percentage of women population.

  5. mastqalandar on September 17th, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

    Allah tabaah o barbad karey in hukumranon ko, jinkee zindagee kaa maqsad sirf achaa nazar ana aur paisey banana hai. Ameeen.

    Yai hamarey hukumranon kaa tuhfa hai Qaum kai liey. Kiaa inkee zimm-e-dari nahee hai har aik shahree ko security dena aur Insaaf faraham karnaa.

    Yaa Allah tujhey qasam hai iss mubarak maheenay kee, inn Zalim hukumranon sai hamain nijaat dilaa , AMEEEN.

  6. Shamsi (shamsi) on September 17th, 2008 @ 11:39 pm



    hadood ordinance,

    a rape victim claim is only valid "IF" there are 2 witnesses,

    despite rant on media and bashing of previous government there is no legislation or a PPC amended clause available to POLICE to "listen" and acknowledge an FIR.

    The most cruel part is – the police asks, "kab sai janti theen us ko" and there are less MEN fighting & in support of the WAR.

    Does any one can recall the RAPE case of Karachi Grammer School Teacher by her own students, they were from a elite wadera family and Teacher was rightly guided to Pir Pagara by Mrs. Chishti Mujahid., case details were hush hushed because it was case of Grammer school altogether.

    The lady later disappeared without a trace.

  7. human01 on September 18th, 2008 @ 7:52 am

    Police & FIR………..joke, isn’t it; it’s a jungle out there. Every woman should carry Pepper spray & Tasers. Fry the SOB’s right there and kick their A**’s on the spot. The time has come to stop being victim. Personally I prefer the immediate justice, just cutoff the root cause of those A-holes & let them be the living example. May Allah Subhano Tala protect us all….Ameen

  8. judge on September 18th, 2008 @ 9:07 am

    i agree, and i stand for street justice like people are torched, shot dead while attempt of roberry and so on & on & on, when people like me are money minded cannot focus in one direction with both eyes, people shall play with the law and do justice as they deem fit.

    gun carrying law shall be amended, and every adult shall be allowed to carry a gun and use it for self defence against any threat.

    everybody will be scared from other and will excercise caution to protect themselves

  9. ocean on September 18th, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    @ judge i am totaly agree with you dear but something need to be ammend not every adult some of them who are cool minded and can analyze situation in a short time

    cdgk can be helpfull to create a autorize team

  10. ameerhamza on September 18th, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

    Such news items must be presented at KMB with increased frequency to create awareness among the masses.

  11. barristerakc on September 19th, 2008 @ 5:14 am

    I think changing the Hudood Ordinances, ensuring that rapes are registered as criminal offenses, guaranteeing that criminals are caught and punished, and making sure that women who report rapes and their families are safe from physical danger and intimidation needs to be done.

    Although I am still suprised that no one is willing to debate the key aspect of rape, against women in Pakistan. What are the victims of honor rapes, themselves saying. They all seem to be pointing to one thing – feudalism and feudal culture.

    One small observation:

    The Hudood Ordinance does provide a loop hole and a judge, if Islamically inclined can choose to construe the law as such and allow the rapists go scott free… in absence of 4 witnesses.

    However, in practice the Law can and should depend on other evidence like forensics etc in which case the rapists would not be charged under Hadd but under the normal secular laws which would mean jail for several counts…

    I also think that “Rape” is essentially a power tool – one of enforcing your power on another and frightening the pshyte of others. This power could be political, monetary, shear physical brute force (dadagiri/gangsterism etc). Polical+monetary power=feudalism (and its variations).

  12. wkhang on September 19th, 2008 @ 5:27 am

    without reading this all I would suggest to STOP THE CABLE in the town and start a wakeup call for everyone that " come back to the path ",

    Pray to Allah that forgive us of doing all " Promoting the Sex " through the media and print… Hope ya all will get the point what I am talking about…

    Do it before its get late and the next morning you will see the news of some one …..

  13. human01 on September 19th, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    I don’t think these heinous crimes against women & children are due to lack of appropriate laws, existing Hudood Ordinance & secular laws are sufficient enough to punish the criminals. The real problem is law enforcement & implementation of the law. No matter how strict the rules are, they don’t worth a dime if can’t be implemented. The irony is, like every thing else, our hole judiciary is a joke, simply pathetic, where a poor is penalized for petty crimes & influential people literally owns the law. (Remember the most recent Balochistan incident, nothing happen so far…).
    The only solution that I can see is self reliance, in every field, its difficult but our only chance. We’ve got to make a decision now, do we want to live like worthless peace of shit or rise against the pathetic system. I totally agree with the idea that every individual should be allowed to protect his/her self and their property. There should be a campaign for laws that allows responsible citizens to carry guns. Let it be a wild west for a while, let the people defend themselves. Another interesting thing is, in most of the rape cases & other crimes, people involved are outsiders, and they are not locals. That’s why they have no shame & peer pressure & have a safe heaven to go back to, after their criminal acts. This is some thing that can be fixed by campaigns like “I own Karachi”. There should be similar community based associations/societies who can act like “Community Watch Dogs”. A great chance for Bhai & Co. to rise & shine again if they can fix this critical issue.

  14. barristerakc on September 19th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    Some more points,

    1. Hudood ordinance requires 4 witnesses for rape conviction.
    This is false. 4 witnesses are required only for Hadd punishment. Conviction can still take place by normal evidence. In this case Taazir punishment is applied which could be as much as 25yrs or death in case of gang rape.

    2. Rape victims risk conviction for consensual sex.
    This is also not true. Confusion arose because in one or two cases the lower courts had convicted women by considering their unsuccessful rape allegation or illegitimate pregnancy as evidence of unlawful sex. The Federal Shariat Court threw out all such convictions and clearly stated that the woman does not have the burden of proving herself innocent[Safia Bibi vs. State].

    I think its criminalized consensual sex which was never a crime under the earlier British laws. It can be argued that the change was consistent with conservative cultural norms of the country. But the net result was that a lot of women were brought under the Criminal Code of Pakistan and many innocents suffered due to corruption in the police and judicial system. Relief was provided , without amending the Hudood laws, through the Law Reforms Ordinance, earlier last couple of years which added Section 156-B to the CrPC. According to this section, no person can be arrested for ?zina? unless non-bailable arrest warrants are issued by an authorized court of competent jurisdiction. Furthermore, zina cases will not be investigated by a police officer lower in rank than a SP.

    The Women`s Protection Bill went further and made consensual sex very difficult to prosecute. Now, police cannot register a case for zina unless directed by a court. And a court will do so only if someone brings a complaint along with 2 witnesses. It did not completely decriminalize consensual sex.

    So the whole issue was criminalization of consensual sex. The other issues were red herrings, raised only because it would have been impossible to argue effectively for decriminaliztion of consensual sex in a conservative society like Pakistan.

  15. barristerakc on September 19th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    I also read a case of a 13 years old BLIND girl who got raped by two men (father and son) in Pakistan and only due to the loop-holes in Hudood ordinance they got VINDICATION and the poor girl got punishment for committing adultery.

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