In 2021, Punjab Woman Helpline recorded a hike of 52% in domestic violence cases
In 2021, the Punjab Women’s Helpline, 1043, received 52% more calls about domestic violence from around the province than it did in 2020 as it returned 3,481 calls regarding the issue.
According to PCSW Secretary, Tariq Niazi, the helpline’s all-female staff also dealt with inquiries and complaints about workplace harassment, gender discrimination, property disputes, hostels, day-care centres, and other facilities for working women.
There was a 13% rise in violence outside of households in 2020, with 497 instances reported compared to 563 in 2021. The number of reported kidnapping cases saw an increase by an alarming 38% as 106 incidents surfaced, up from 77 in 2020. The number of calls against child marriage grew by 31%, from 64 to 84. The number of complaints concerning maintenance expenses rose from 371 to 441.
The silver lining:
On the other hand, the helpline reported a decline of 12% and 35% in complaints concerning inheritance disputes and forced marriages, respectively.