Caged until broken,the missing daughters of Pakistan.


Karachi: 26 February 2022: After the kidnap case of Sobia Batool from Sargodha echoed in the Supreme Court recently, Punjab police statistics have revealed that 3,571 kidnapped girls and women remain missing across the province. In the police records, the status of these girls and women has been declared “not recovered” as no one, including the police and their parents, is aware of the whereabouts of these women allegedly kidnapped during the last four years from across Punjab. The report brought to the fore a disturbing figure of 40,585 women having been abducted between 2017 and January 2022 from all 36 districts of Punjab. The police claimed to have recovered or traced 37,140 of them. They have also arrested 53,459 suspects, while 12,374 others are still at large. However, due to a lack of disaggregated data, it is not known how many of those arrested were convicted or what became of the cases against them.
In the wake of the Sobia case being heard by the Supreme Court, Sargodha police traced bodies of 20 unidentified women from various parts of Punjab. During investigation of the case, police had launched a search operation for Batool and sought help from several state institutions. When they discovered the unidentified bodies, they extended the scope of investigation after some police experts feared Sobia may have been killed. The Punjab Forensic Science Agency was engaged and sent DNA samples, and the reports of 10 of the bodies suggested none of them belonged to Batool. The results of others are awaited.

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