An estimated 5000 women are killed per year from domestic violence, with thousands of others maimed or disabled
By Our Staff Reporter
Peshawar: Another women shot dead in Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw’s district of Charsadda on Monday by her husband. The incident is latest in the series of violence against women in South Asian Muslim country.
Police told Islamabad Telegraph’s correspondent that A man shot dead his wife and critically injured his sister’s in law late on Monday in jurisdiction of Charsadda district’s judicial complex . Police believes a domestic dispute lead to the incident.
“The attacker was arrested immediately after the incident,” District police officer Charsadda told Islamabad Telegraph.
According to Zabiullah Khan, district police officer of Charsadda further said that deceased , accompanied by her sister, had appeared for a case hearing at the judicial complex related to a dispute with her husband.
“As she was exiting the premises, the man accosted his wife and after a heated exchange opened fire on her, killing her on the spot,” Dawn quoted the DPO as saying.
The DPO added that the armed man also chased the deceased woman’s sister who ran away to protect herself but he fired shots at her as well. “She sustained injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital where her condition is critical,” the officer added.
The law enforcers stationed at the judicial complex apprehended the attacker and handed him over to the area police.
Domestic violence in Pakistan is an endemic social and public health problem. According to a study carried out in 2009 by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of women in Pakistan have suffered some form of abuse.
An estimated 5000 women are killed per year from domestic violence, with thousands of others maimed or disabled. Women have reported attacks ranging from physical to psychological and sexual abuse from intimate partners. In 1998, of the 1974 reported murders, the majority of victims were killed by family members. A survey carried out by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked Pakistan as the third most dangerous country in the world for women, after Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The majority of victims of violence have no legal recourse. Law enforcement authorities do not view domestic violence as a crime and usually refuse to register any cases brought to them. Given the very few women’s shelters in the country, victims have limited ability to escape from violent situations.