Crimes Against Women on the Rise in Punjab

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2011: Punjab province saw a 21% leap in officially-recorded crimes against women in February 2011 as compared to January 2011, according to FAFEN’s collection of officially documented crime cases in 69 districts across Pakistan. The offices of District Police Officers (DPOs) in 25 out of 28 monitored districts of Punjab reported 700 FIRs of crimes that targeted women in February 2011 while in January the police administration of 23 out of 29 observed districts in the province reported 578 crimes against women.

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DHQs Lack Specialized Services, Facilities

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2011: The state-run healthcare facilities at district level lack many specialized medical services and facilities, pushing the administration of these secondary care hospitals to refer the patients with serious medical conditions to tertiary care hospitals in big cities, which are already overburdened and few in number.

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29 Commodities Register 8% Price Increase in April 2011

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2011: As many as 29 consumer commodities including fruits, potato, rice and vegetable ghee registered an average increase of 8% during April 2011 as compared to March 2011, while 18 commodities including some important items like onion, tomato, poultry products and pulses registered an average decrease of 5%.

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Government Boys’ Primary Schools Lack Sanitation and Security Staff

ISLAMABAD, 28th April, 2011: A majority of government boys’ primary schools, monitored during March 2011, did not have the services of sanitary and support staff. According to FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor, as many as 94% of monitored schools did not have a serving sanitary worker, 81% were without security guards and 70% did not have a peon. Non-teaching staff are important for providing support and assistance in the management and maintenance of schools.

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Pakistan Crime Monitor 28,823 Crimes Reported in 72 Districts during January 2011

ISLAMABAD, April 22, 2011: The cases of murder and attempted murder continued to dominate the crime figures in the country in terms of spread and intensity during January 2011 nationwide. These crimes against humanity were reported in 66 out of 72 districts monitored by FAFEN. With 1,452 documented cases- 638 premeditated murder and 814 attempted murder cases- these crimes accounted for 5% of total 28,823 FIRs registered by police in 72 districts monitored by FAFEN.

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10 Probable Poliomyelitis Cases Reported in Sindh

ISLAMABAD, April 13, 2011: Ten cases of probable poliomyelitis were reported in Health Offices in Sindh in January 2011 (five each in Umerkot and Jacobabad), according to FAFEN’s monthly Health Scan, a report analyzing the data of a selection of diseases gathered by FAFEN Monitors from Health Offices across Pakistan.

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No Library in Majority of Girls High Schools FAFEN Education Institution Monitor

ISLAMABAD, 4th April, 2011: One in every 10 sanctioned teaching posts in monitored government girls’ high schools is lying vacant nationwide, where one teacher has to teach, on an average, 33 girls. Among the monitored schools, 55% did not have a library and 43% had no playgrounds. The government needs to ensure the availability of staff and facilities for the education of female students in the country, says FAFEN Education Monitor released here Monday.

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RHCs Ill-Equipped to Facilitate Child Birth

ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2011: Around one sixth (17%) of Rural Health Centers (RHC) monitored by FAFEN during January, 2011 did not have trained staff to attend to Tuberculosis patients. Similarly, around one fifth (19%) of observed RHCs were lacking operational delivery rooms, according to FAFEN Health Institution Monitor, released here Monday.

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670 Murder FIRs Registered in 60 Districts During December 2010

A total of 23,439 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered with the police in 67 districts monitored by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) during the month of December 2010. Of the total registered crimes, 1,422 cases (6%) pertained to murder and attempted murder, according to FAFEN’s monthly Pakistan Crime Monitor, the first report of which was released here Tuesday.

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