» 07/21/2009, 00.00
Bangladesh, a minor pregnant after rape: beaten and forced to marry her torturer
For months, the imam of a village in the district of Faridpur abused the girl, who did not denounce the man for "fear and shame." The young girl is seventh months pregnant, a premature birth is likely. The local council has condemned both to 101lashes with a cane.
Balochistan, five girls buried alive for honor crimes
Police have ordered an autopsy on the bodies of the women, who were killed because they married without their families' consent. It is a widespread practice in some areas of the country where the "law of the tribe" is still in effect. Strong condemnation from human rights activists.
The daughter converts to Christianity, Muslims marginalize the family
The relatives of the young woman, who lives in the United States, speak of a "wrong" choice and demand an end to bullying. The woman risks a fatwa for apostasy, her husband seeks a divorce. Solidarity from Catholics activists who denounce the violation of religious freedom.
Police abuse family in Dhaka in order to throw them out of their house
About 30 police agents try to rape a woman’s daughter and kill her son. They beat the whole family with rifle butts and rods. The woman is forced to sign a statement pledging to leave her home. All this is done because a couple of officials want the land on which her house is located.
Netrokona: armed gang attacks Catholic activist and his wife
Sanjeeb Drong, an advocate for the rights of indigenous communities, and his wife Mitali Chisim have been injured. The attack is linked to the centennial celebrations of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church. Human rights organisations and Christian leader slam the violence and demand security.
Punjab: armed Muslims rape a Christian, a "common practice"
A 32 year old woman and mother of five children was abducted and raped in turn by three men. Threats to the husband to force him to withdraw his complaint. Police officers covering the crime, drawing up a report full of holes. Priest in Lahore: Christian violence against women is widespread and scandalous.
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