LAHORE - Sexual harassment against Pakistani women, particularly rape and gang rape incidents have increased to an alarmingly rate of over 13 percent across the Punjab with the provincial capital and the Gujranwala regions the most vulnerable. According to statistics, available with TheNation, about 110 women out of total 271 and 358 out of 2,427 women were victimized of gang rape and rape respectively in the Lahore region with an increase by 12.5 and 13.5 percent during the first 11 months of current year as compared to the corresponding period of 2009. By analysing the official documents, it seemed that the provincial police comprising on above 1,80,000 police officers/officials have nothing to do except to secure their own skins in front of judges and senior offices if any case was discussed. Gang rape: About 271 incidents of gang rape took place in 35 districts of the Punjab in 2010 with the difference of 13 percent as compared to 2009 in which only 136 unpleasant incidents had occurred. In the DG Khan region - the districts of Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and Layyah remained at the lowest level as only two incidents of gang rape took place in Layyah during this span of time. The pathetic situation regarding gang rape was observed in Lahore with 49 incidents, 30 in Sheikhupura, 25 in Kasur, 16 in Gujranwala, 11 each in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad. The provincial police however claimed to apprehend only 385 rapists out of 643 while 48 cases of gang rape are still under investigation. About 125 challans were sent in the courts and the Punjab police cancelled 47 cases besides furnishing different pleas. Rape: About 2,427 women/girls were victimised of rape during the 11 months of 2010 with 12.5 percent increase as compared to the same era of the last year in which above 2,184 women were raped, with the Bahawalpur region the most susceptible as many as 496 incidents occurred there. Almost 55 percent increase was observed in Lahore City alone as many as 161 incidents took place this year and total 71 occurred in the same period of the last year. Out of total 35, the crime of the aforesaid nature remained on rampage in three leading agricultural and industrial districts of the Punjab including Faisalabad with 200, Rahim Yar Khan with 189 and Bahawalpur with 180 incidents. Although the provincial police managed to capture 2,839 out of 3,709 rapists, the crime could not be controlled. Ironically, the challans of only 1,396 cases have been sent in the courts so far, 680 cases have been cancelled and 328 cases are still under investigation. Talking to this scribe, Additional Inspector General Punjab, who wished not to be named, said there were dozens of reasons, which ignite the accused to commit this kind of crime. He said illiteracy and economical factors were the major elements in this regard. "One thing is quite clear that we must follow the golden principles set by our Holy Prophet (PBUH) regarding marriage. "We should marry our daughter/son when they become adult as this act secures our youth from being spoiled," he added. To a query, he said some black sheep in the provincial police were also responsible as they were involved in patronising the rapists.