QUETTA - Violence against women in Pakistan has been increased by 6.74 per cent in 2011 as compared to 2010.

This was disclosed by a newly issued report of Aurat Foundation (AF) a leading women’s rights organisation.

The report says, “8539 different incidents of violence occurred against women in different parts of Pakistan which shows 6.74 per cent increase in violence against women in 2011 as compared to 2010.”

The report says the number of violence against women remained high in Punjab where 6188 cases of violence against women have been registered, 1316 in Sindh, 694 in Khyber Pakhtunkhowa (KPK) and 193 in Balochistan.

“About 322 women were killed in the name of honour in Punjab, 266 in Sindh, 86 in Balochistan and 30 cases surfaced in KPK in 2011”, the report added. According to the report, the number of reported cases of rape and gang rape are 827 and 734 which have been reported in Punjab.