Islamabad-Incidents of women abductions are rampant in the federal capital as the police registered at least five cases of abduction and kidnapping in different police stations during the last week of October.

According to the data gathered by The Nation, majority incidents involved abduction of women allegedly for prostitution besides many other cases of auto-theft, robbery and burglary, murder and cheque dishonouring, posing an overall poor picture when it comes to policing in the capital city.

The abduction incidents took place in the limits of police stations as Bhara Kahu, Shalimar, Lohi Bher and Karachi Company.

On the other hand, the areas which remained vulnerable to the criminal gangs included Bhara Kahu, Sabzi Mandi and Lohi Bher. Bhara Kahu police station registered two cases of kidnapping during the said period, suggests the data.

A youngster Aqib Mushtaq was abducted from Dhok Jeelani in the limits of Bhara Kahu police station on 28 October, and the police booked three accused under section 365/34 of the PPC.

In another incident, a girl was abducted from sector F-11/4 in the limits of Shalimar police station and the case was registered under section 496-A of the PPC. Niamat Masih told Karachi Company police station that six persons, on 27 October abducted his daughter with bad intentions.

The accused booked under section 365-B/34 are yet to be arrested. Muhammad Rafique told Bhara Kahu police that six persons abducted his daughter on October 24.

The police are investigating the matter.

In majority cases of abduction of women, first the family and then police show hesitance in opting for the legal proceedings against the culprits as the abductions of women is not less than a social taboo. Islamabad police’s performance is under question again as it failed to check the crime, especially involving women, a sensitive issue to deal with.

Women are not safe in the capital city, as the number of rapes burgeoned to 160 percent during the last year. This revelation was made by the then Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who said on the floor of National Assembly that the number of rape incidents grew to 39 during 2016.

He told the house that the incidents of sexual abuse against women were 15 in 2015 and this mounted to 39 in 2016 in the federal capital.

According to another report, 119 cases of women torture and murder were logged during the last year and 26 women were murdered in Islamabad during the year 2016. Eight cases of murder attempts on women and 39 rape cases were lodged in Islamabad in the same period, according to the report.

According to the police record, other crimes as dacoity and snatching of valuable items at gunpoint are also continuing at a fast pace. In the incidents of street crime, like mugging, pick-pocketing, and snatching at gunpoint, more and more people are being deprived of their valuable possessions every day.

Meanwhile, Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad Police on Sunday held four drug pushers involved in supplying drugs to students at educational institutions and recovered heroin and tranquillizers from them, a police spokesman said. One of the special teams constituted by SSP (Operations) headed by SP (Investigation) Zeeshan Haider raided at the hideout of drug pushers and arrested four persons later identified as Qudrat-Ullah, Amir, Abdul-Qayyum and Khurram Zahid. The police team also recovered a total of 3.09-kilogram heroin and 119 tranquillizing pills from them. Further investigation is underway.