A shameful reminder of damning crime statistics

As many as 260 women were gang-raped and 1,996 were raped in 2007, revealed statistics of the countrywide reported crime, which was submitted to the federal government.

In Punjab, 233 women were gang-raped and 1,509 were raped. In Sindh, 27 were gang-raped and 170 were raped. While, 152 were raped in the NWFP, 33 in Balochistan, 76 in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 20 in the Northern Areas and 36 in the AJK.

The statistics for the first quarter of 2008 showed 42 women were gang-raped and 428 were raped in the country, 28 gang-rapes took place in the Punjab and 14 in Sindh. The number of rapes in the Punjab this year was 330 as against 32 in Sindh. However, during the last three months, 25 rape cases were reported in the NWFP, three in Balochistan, 27 in the ICT, two in the Northern Areas and nine in the AJK.

Statistics on kidnapping during the first quarter of 2008 revealed that 140 people were kidnapped for ransom in the country. Of these, 47 incidents took place in the Punjab, 57 in Sindh, five in Balochistan, eight in the ICT and one in the AJK. While 2,600 cases of kidnapping and abduction, including 1,998 in the Punjab, 391 in Sindh, 112 in the NWFP, 41 in Balochistan, four in the ICT, two in railway, two in the Northern Areas and 50 in the AJK, were reported.

Figures show 23,144 vehicles were snatched or stolen in 2007. Of these, 13,527 cases were reported in the Punjab, 7,562 in Sindh, 729 in the NWFP, 614 in Balochistan, 537 in Islamabad, 17 in railway, 24 in the Northern Areas and 134 in the AJK. The data for 2008 show 6,229 vehicle-snatching cases were reported during the first quarter. Of these, 3,210 cases were reported in the Punjab, 2,453 in Sindh, 160 in the NWFP, 170 in Balochistan, 179 in the ICT, six in railway, eight in the Northern Areas and 43 in the AJK.

In 2007, 232 people, including 199 in Sindh, 24 in the NWFP, eight in the Punjab and one in the AJK, committed suicide, the report said.

It said 10,556 people were murdered throughout the country during the year 2007. Of these, 5,083 were killed in the Punjab, 2,277 in Sindh, 2,527 in the NWFP, 399 in Balochistan, 100 in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), seven in railway, 59 in the Northern Areas and 104 in the AJK.

In 2008, 2,540 people, including 1,170 in the Punjab, 612 in Sindh, 588 in the NWFP, 109 in Balochistan, 27 in the ICT, three in railway, five in the Northern Areas and 26 in the AJK, were killed during the first quarter.

In all, 5,485 people, including 3,288 in the Punjab, 930 in Sindh, 740 in the NWFP, 230 in Balochistan, 121 in Islamabad, three in railway, 40 in the Northern Areas and 133 in the AJK, died in road accidents in 2007. While during the first quarter of 2008, 1,097 people, including 645 in the Punjab, 187 in Sindh, 165 in the NWFP, 47 in Balochistan, 28 in Islamabad, eight in the Northern Areas and 17 in the AJK, were killed in road accidents.

Last year, 37 banks, including 15 in the Punjab, 20 in Sindh, one in the NWFP and one in the Northern Areas, were looted, while 11 incidents of bank robbery, including five in the Punjab and six in Sindh, were reported in the first quarter of 2008.

Looting of 79 petrol pumps was reported during last year. Of these, 37 took place in the Punjab, 41 in Sindh and one in Balochistan. Twenty-eight incidents of petrol-pump looting, including eight in the Punjab and 20 in Sindh, were reported so far from January to March, 2008.

In all, 3,211 incidents of highway dacoities and robberies were reported in 2007. Of these, 265 took place in the Punjab, 89 in Sindh, nine in the NWFP, 21 in Balochistan, one in Islamabad, seven in the Northern Areas and 23 in the AJK.

A total of 289,751 cases of street crimes, including dacoities, robberies, burglaries, thefts, drug dealing, bootlegging and carrying illegal weapons, were reported last year. While 76,974 cases of street crimes have been registered so far during the first quarter of 2008.

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