A new committee against rape was announced by the Law Ministry on Friday in an effort to combat the worrying increase in sexual violence cases across the nation. The special committee’s primary responsibility will be to aid sexual assault victims in getting legal representation, in addition to attempting to stop cases of rape against children.

Former senator Ayesha Raza Farooq will head the committee.

Other members include Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, chief secretaries of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun­khwa, Balochistan, and Sindh, representatives of the National Database and Registra­tion Authority (NADRA), Pakis­tan Elec­tro­nic Media Regulatory Auth­o­rity (PEMRA), and the law ministry, ex-prosecutor general Punjab Ehti­sham Qadir, ex-additional inspectors general Kamal­uddin Tipu, Taimoor Ali Khan, advocate Ismat Mehdi, Khalid Parveen, Amb­reen Qureshi, Ghazala Yasmeen, Nida Ali and Sharafat Ali, development consultant Valerie Khan, Mohammad Ali Nekokara, Zainab Mustafa, anchor Maria Memon, police surgeon Sumayya Syed and forensic expert Ayesha Sarwar.

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Earlier this year in June, Punnjab Home Minister Attaullah Tarar announced that the Punjab government will declare an emergency following an increase in rape and sodomy cases in the province.

The Current records the tally of rape cases that are reported in news outlets on a daily basis to highlight the alarming situation. We have used many different sources as listed. When will it stop?