January 26, 2022

Media for Transparency Alum’s Data Story from Malakand Used RTI Law

Hamd Nawaz, an alumnus of the Media for Transparency data journalism course and investigative reporting boot camp, published a data-driven news report from his native Malakand district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this week.

Hamd used crime statistics acquired through the provincial right to information (RTI) law and other data sources to examine if incidents of violence-against-women (VAW) in the district are under-reported due to shortage of women police officers.

The data showed that 92 police cases of VAW were registered in five years in the district. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that there might be dozens of incidents that are not brought to justice because women are not comfortable in reporting them to male police officers.

The Daily Shahbaz story also revealed that model police stations, set up in the province with support from the United Nations Development Programme, were supposed to have women reporting desks but there is no such facility in Malakand.

The journalist interviewed police officials, a lawyer, a psychologist, a women rights activist, and a woman survivour of a domestic dispute to explore different aspects of the issue. We hope the report will bring attention to the problem, and move the district authorities to make the justice system accessible for local women.

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