Lahore - A woman was killed allegedly by her relatives in the provincial capital on Friday, a day before the world marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The killing of 22-year-old women was reported in Baghbanpura police precincts. Police identified the deceased as Naila Bibi.  Her family told the police that Naila was present at home when her relative Amanat along with another gunman entered the house, all of a sudden, and opened straight fire on her. The woman died on the spot while the gunmen fled. The police registered a murder case against the accused persons on the complaint of father of the girl and launched the investigation. However, no arrest was made yet.

According to the United Nations,  violence against women is a human rights violation and a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, as well as of persisting inequalities between men and women. This violence impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security. However, violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential.

Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On December 20, 1993, the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In this context, in 1999 the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.