Crimes against women in Pakistan witnessed a sharp increase in the month of July, a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) monitoring report has said.
It said that out of the 40 honour killings cases registered in 15 districts, 45 per cent were reported in six districts in Sindh, the Daily Times reports.
According to the report, 65 per cent of all 409 FIRs registered in 29 districts against forced marriages were reported in nine districts of the Punjab province.
FAFEN's governance monitors collect statistics of FIRs against 27 offences covered by Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) from the offices of District Police Officers (DPOs) every month.
In July this year, FAFEN monitors visited 70 DPO offices to collect this information in 28 districts in Punjab, 18 in KP, 12 in Sindh, 11 in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
The monitored 27 offences are categorised into five categories; physical harm to persons, crimes pertaining to property, threat and fraud, crimes against women and other crimes.
The report said that out of the 35 of monitored districts, reporting 215 cases of rape, 85 per cent were in Punjab, 5 per cent in Sindh and 4 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Almost all (95 per cent) of the total 253 FIRs registered against assault on women's modesty in 34 districts were reported in 25 districts in Punjab, two per cent in four KP districts and four incidents each in three districts in Sindh and two in Balochistan.
Overall, 78 per cent of the total 1,063 FIRs filed for crimes against women were registered in Punjab, 11 per cent in Sindh, eight per cent in KP, two per cent in ICT and one per cent in Balochistan, it added.
However, the report maintained that relatively higher registration of cases in Punjab may be attributed to its high population, willingness of people to register FIRs and better response by the police and to the greater outreach of FAFEN monitors in Punjab.
The report also said that theft, hurt, counterfeiting currency notes, robbery and dacoity and motor vehicle theft were among the ten most frequent crimes, while hurt, murder, attempted murder, theft and robbery and dacoity were the most widespread crimes in July 2011.