The shocking tally highlights the scale of violence against women in conservative, rural parts of the Muslim country, where rape victims are routinely sentenced to death by village elders and murderers can escape court by paying blood money.
Zohra Yusuf, chairperson of The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said too many cases were dismissed by police as private, family affairs.
“It is one of the signs of a paternalistic and feudal society,” she said.
“The government introduced a law in 2006 to check this and at least more cases are now being registered.
“But the status of women in these societies means that anything they do is seen as a reflection of the family’s honor and that there is some sympathy for the perpetrators of these murders.”