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Lahore: 12-year-old Christian domestic worker killed by Muslim employer
The girl worked in the household of a rich local lawyer, where she was subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Her death has outraged the Christian community, which is calling for justice. A human rights activist says 99 per cent of female Christian domestics work for Muslims and are often subject to violence and abuse.
10/12/2004 PAKISTAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Religious minorities, persecuted and marginalised
Non-Muslims are marginalised from the country's political and social life despite guarantees for equal rights and obligations under the 1947 constitution.
Faisalabad: Christians and Muslims in the streets, for a law against domestic violence
Hundreds of people took part in yesterday's initiative, entitled "Protect women from violence." Abuses against women often occur in the family or with the tacit approval of the authorities. A problem arising from the culture and local tradition, which must be demolished by laws and a change of mentality.
Sialkot: Muslim businessman uses blasphemy law against Christian rival
Gulzar Masih and his son Suleman own a bookstore. They were forced to flee to avoid being attacked by a mob. Both are accused of burning a copy of the Qur‘an. In reality, they were set up by the older Masih’s Muslim business partner, who was envious of their success. Catholic priest bemoans the abuses linked to the ‘black law’ and warns that “extremist elements are getting stronger” in Pakistan.
Punjab: Christians fear more massacres after churches and tombs are desecrated
Kot Addu’s Christian community is facing more wrongdoings by local landlords who grabbed Christian-owned fields and shops with the complicity of local police and officials. Christian symbols are desecrated but the blasphemy law is not applied in this case. Local authorities say accusations are all made up but fail to provide legal backing for grabbing Christian property.
New cases of violence and torture against Pakistani Christians
Instead of investigating, local authorities engage in cover-ups. In some cases, international organisations ignore the plight of Christians.
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