As many as 143 cases of violence against women were reported from all over the country in the month of Ashoj (mid-September to mid-October), a report says.

According to the data maintained by Women Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), a total of 84 cases of domestic violence and 21 cases of rape were reported in the period. Similarly, nine cases of social violence, 11 cases of murder, eight cases of sexual violence, two cases of women trafficking, three cases of attempt to rape and four cases of suicide were reported in the same time, WOREC said.

Likewise, two cases of women trafficking, one case of acid attack and one case each of attempt to murder and attempt to trafficking were reported in the same span of time. The data further showed majority of the victims of violence belonged to the age group of 26-35 years (41 per cent) followed by 17-25 years (25 per cent).

As per the report, the relation between the victims and the perpetrators showed that husbands accounted for 76 VAW cases (53 per cent), followed by family members in 27 cases (19 per cent), neighbours responsible for 23 cases (16 per cent) and intimate partners in seven cases (5 per cent).

Friends accounted for four VAW cases (3 per cent), service providers and teachers accounted for two cases each of VAW and partner of living relationship and unknown person accounted for one each VAW cases, the report shows.

The data further showed majority of the perpetrators of violence against women belonged to the age group of 26-35 years (30 per cent) followed by 17-25 years (20 per cent).Analyzing the report, it can be said that women are not safe in any place. They are not safe even from the people they spend most of their time with, said Lubraj Neupane, Executive Director of WOREC.

Neupane said, “Preventing violence against women requires the cooperation and partnership of all women and human rights activists, civil society, political and social organizations and efforts of the society.”

Violence Against Women has undermined women’s basic rights such as freedom and the right to a dignified life, the right to equality and the right to be free from torture, the report said. The report also highlighted the need to change people’s mindset, make every household safe for women to live, alteration in policy, rules and regulations implemented in the past and introducing relevant campaigns.