CHINIOT - The rights activists have shown great concern over the sharp increase in violence against women.

The concern was expressed at a lobbying meeting organised by Taangh Wasaib Organization, an NGO working for women rights, peace and gender development with the members of District Press Club here the other day.

The objective of the meeting was to motivate the mediamen for playing due role to create awareness against violence on women in district Chiniot.

On the occasion, TWO Field Coordinator Akhtar Hussain said that according to 2011 police data, there were 19 incidents of women kidnapping; one acid throwing; 17 honour killing; another 19 killed in other enmities; 10 incidents of gang rape; 5 women committed suicide which were 7 per cent more than against preceding year. He said that their efforts were part of Global 16 days of activism against violence against women and gender discrimination which started by First women global institute in 1991 and now 50,000 organizations across 161 countries were part of this campaign. Citing international figures, Daim Iqbal, told that every 3rd women in the world was subjected to torture or harassment in the hands of her male family member. More than 80,000 women subject to gang rape each year in the world while 60 million female fetuses were killed within wombs of mothers when revealed that these are female babies.

Gender Coordinator Tehmina Ahmad said that TWO was holding rallies, lobbying meetings with media, parliamentarians; theatre shows; painting exhibition; signature campaign to create awareness among general public in six districts of Punjab Sargodha; Mianwali; Khushab; Gujrat; Chakwal and Chiniot.

District Press Club President Ch Ghulam Rasool Shakir highlighted factors like ignorance; cultural norms; attitudes towards female members of family were main indicators for increasing incidents of violence against women. He vowed that media persons would use their office to combat violence in society. Later on a rally was also organised from District Press Club to Khatme Nabuwat Chowk.