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Of 150 women kidnapped from Sargodha, 21 were recovered from brothels: Police

Supreme Court today ordered inspector general of Punjab police to launch a province-wide operation to recover kidnapped women

Pakistani women march during a rally on violence against women in Lahore on November 29, 2010. Violence against women continues on a large scale across the world, much of it hidden, ignored or silenced, a top UN human rights official said, while pointing out that no country has come close to eliminating the vice. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan was shocked today when the DPO of Sargodha said the police have recovered 151 young women abducted in the city in the last one year.

He said “Of 151 women, 21 were rescued from brothels.” Other abducted ladies were recovered from small districts in Punjab. The operation was conducted on orders of the top court.”

The findings shocked Justice Maqbool Baqir who was hearing the case and he expressed serious concerns over a large number of women’s kidnapping cases from a small city like Sargodha.

Justice Baqir said, “These abductions were the result of the incompetence and failure of the police.” The apex court Judge ordered the inspector-general of Punjab Police to launch a province-wide operation in Punjab and rescue kidnapped women as early as possible.

Violence against women in Pakistan

According to an international report, Pakistan ranks sixth on the list of countries most dangerous for women.

SSDO, a research based advocacy organisation, in a report last year reported 9,401 cases of violence against women, 1,422 cases of domestic violence, and 15,714 cases of child abduction.

It declared Punjab the most dangerous province for women and children, while Sindh ranked second, followed by Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Javed Mahmood
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