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Surge in Sexual Assaults: More Than 200 Women Raped in Lahore in 2024

LAHORE: In the past year, Lahore has witnessed a concerning surge in sexual assaults, with 235 women falling victim to such heinous crimes. Shockingly, only half of these cases have resulted in formal complaints being filed, indicating significant underreporting and a lack of trust in the justice system.

Over the last four months, the city has seen a disturbing trend, with 235 cases of sexual assault officially registered. However, apprehending the perpetrators has proven to be a formidable challenge for law enforcement agencies.

These distressing incidents have not only caused widespread societal outrage but have also raised significant concerns for the safety and well-being of women in the city. Many are left feeling vulnerable and fearful for their safety in public spaces.

Legal experts emphasize the arduous journey faced by survivors of sexual assault, from mustering the courage to report the crime to navigating the complex legal process. Survivors often endure intrusive questioning and victim-blaming, both within the legal system and in society at large, further traumatizing them and dissuading others from coming forward.

Moreover, the impact of sexual assault extends far beyond the initial incident, affecting survivors’ personal and professional lives. Many face discrimination and stigma, experiencing difficulties in securing employment or finding suitable life partners due to societal prejudices.

Despite these challenges, law enforcement authorities assure the public that the safety and dignity of survivors are prioritized. Immediate action is taken to initiate legal proceedings and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions.

As investigations into these cases continue, authorities are also addressing the prevalence of out-of-court settlements, which often result in perpetrators evading justice. Efforts are underway to strengthen legal protections for survivors and improve access to support services, with the aim of creating a safer environment for all women in Lahore.

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