4,278 complaints received by HR Cell

KARACHI: The Human Rights Cell of Government of Sindh received 4,278 complaints of rights violations against women and children.The rising cases of violence against women and children is a stigma on the face of society, so it is the need of hour that civil society organisations must adopt a positive and pragmatic approach and come forward with concrete measures to save women and children from violence, observed Sindh Minister for Human Rights Nadia Gabol here on Sunday.Reviewing the data complaints received at the Human Right Cell established at her office during 2010, she referred to the statistics and added that the Cell received a total of 4,278 complaints which include 208 incident of domestic violence, 11 acid throwing, 36 burn cases, 521 cases of rape and sexual assaults on women, 252 cases of child abuse, 113 incidents of Karo-Kari and 152 cases regarding protection of life against jirga verdict were reported.

She said that women and children were vulnerable part of the society but they are the worst-hit victims of violence. “All political, religious, social, human rights and other civil society organisations will have to revisit their commitments to serve the humanity and safeguard their rights”, she emphasised.Nadia also regretted over the forced labour in the society. “Until the literacy level is low, the people are destined to remain poor, and till the time the people continued exploited by the influential persons of the society, it is not possible to eliminate forced labour”, she underlined.She urged the media to play a crucial role in elimination of forced labour so as to ensure basic rights to everyone and to provide them an opportunity to participate actively in the development efforts of the nation and community – Dailytimes