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Pakistan Had 7,700 Cases of Violence Against Women in 2008

The Dawn, Posted: Feb 19, 2009

More than 7,700 cases of violence against women were reported in print media in Pakistan in 2008, reports The Dawn newspaper. Some 22 percent involved abductions and almost 20 percent were murders. There were cases of burning, acid throwing and honor killings. The highest number of honor killings were reported in the Sindh province. The report was released by Aurat Foundation. The report comes amidst worries over women's rights as Pakistan's government signed a deal to allow imposition of Sharia law in the Swat region where followers of a radical leader have already beheaded opponents, silenced detractors, bombed schools and outlawed entertainment.

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