» 03/08/2012, 00.00
Life on the margins, discrimination against Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan
The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church releases a report on the tragic conditions faced by minority women. Blasphemy and forced conversion are the first level of threat. Lower education and higher infant mortality are the second.
Police stops demonstration because of women's presence
Demonstrators sought to highlight plight of women, victims of violence. After their arrest, they slammed the government for using force against fundamental rights, which, they claim, encourages extremism.
Lahore Bishop asks Musharraf to repeal anti-minority legislation
Ten-year-old Christian girl raped by 60-year-old Muslim merchant in Faisalabad
She was raped in the man's home, where had been taken with a ruse. After he sexually assaulted her, he left her on the floor, unconscious. After arrest, he is waiting for trial. The girl's father is already receiving threats and pressures but wants justice. Vicar general complains that the rich and powerful think they can get away with it.
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.
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.
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