Domestic abuse cases have increased by 25% in Lahore during COVID-19 lockdown

At the same time, there has been a decrease of 80% in cases of murder.

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CCPO Lahore, Zulfiqar Hameed, opened up about the situation at hand regarding the coronavirus and the present demands of the police officers in an exclusive interview with Voicepk.net.

Talking about the death of two police officers, Zulfiqar said they noticed a sudden organ failure when a person gets infected. He also added that the police demand a similar special package to that of the health workers who die in the line of duty.

When asked about the challenges faced in implementing the guidelines, the CCPO lamented that it was difficult to implement the guidelines in mosques as people refused to comply and the police could not use force.

When further asked which specific group of people made it difficult to implement the SOPs, he wished not to point out to a particular group of people but he named the pilgrims from Iran, members of Tablighi Jamaat, and the travelers coming from abroad.

Domestic abuse on the rise:

Answering about the kind of cooperation they need from citizens, he said even though most citizens do comply with the SOPs by staying at home, the increased domestic violence is an issue. According to their records, domestic abuse increased by 25% in Lahore.

At the same time, there has been a decrease of 80% in cases of murder and almost 40% in cases of robberies and theft.

In the end, the CCPO thanked the citizens who donated protective gear to the police force. He added that the police themselves donated more than 10,000 ration bags to the families in need.

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