ISLAMABAD - The tally of violence that hit women during 2008 reached at 7,733 cases across country with Punjab province standing at the top where 4,360 cases of violence against women were reported. This was revealed on Tuesday in an annual report of 2008 on "Cases of violence against women in Pakistan", which was launched by the Aurat Foundation under its national programme 'Policy and 'Data Monitor on violence against Women'. The report was a collection and compilation of statistics on the incidents of violence against women during January to December 2008,which perfectly showed state of violence behaviours as an alarming phenomenon affecting the dignity of millions of women. According to details about 7,733 cases were reported in the print media all over Pakistan during 2008.Out of total cases 4,360 cases reported in Punjab; 1,385 in Sindh; 1,013 in NWFP; 763 in Blochistan and 212 were reported in the Capital City. Almost all these cases were reported cases. Among them, (5686) 73.53 per cent were registered with police, (1476) 19.09 per cent cases were not registered and there is no evidence found in media regarding the FIR status of remaining (571) 7.38 percent cases. The report also revealed that out of the total 1,762 cases of abduction, 1,516 cases of murder,844 cases of hurt and body injury,579 cases of suicide,472 cases of 'honour' killings,439 cases of rape,307 cases of gang-rape,320 cases of domestic violence,300 cases of torture,198 cases of attempted suicide,187 cases of sexual assault,123 cases of custodial violence,70 cases of threat to violence,56 cases of Vanni/customary practices,24 cases of acid throwing and 294 cases of violence were of miscellaneous nature in the four provinces and Islamabad were reported during last year. The percentage of the cases of abduction of women among all these recorded cases was the highest with 22.79 per cent followed by the murder of women, which was reported 19.60 per cent during 2008. While sharing the detail of report at a launching ceremony representative of Aurat Foundation Shahzia Parveen said that the current statistics on violence against women is only the tip of the iceberg, as majority of cases being reported and covered by this report represent the physical nature of violence. "Since the overwhelming prevalence of violence in the domestic domain is not reflected in the available data," she added. Another representative of AF, Rabia Haroon opined that violence against women was becoming an alarming phenomenon worldwide affecting the dignity of millions of women. She continued that violence against women, as a cause and effect phenomenon, is a major source of inequality, discrimination, stigmatisation and conflict in private and public domain, increasingly, it is becoming a central human right issue. Replaying to a question Aalia Mirza of Aurat Foundation said that the report 'Situation of Violence against Women in Pakistan' aims to identify the number of cases of violence against women in Pakistan. "It will help in creating a more informed and supportive environment, mobilize social pressure," she added. This data would in the long run provide policy and law reform input to federal and provincial governments, political parties and legislators through consultative processes on developing policy framework and institutional mechanisms for ending violence against women.