» 04/19/2012, 00.00
Three Hindu women forced to convert have to go back to their Muslim husbands
Pakistan's Supreme Court rules against all three. Abducted back in February in Sindh province, they were forced to marry Muslim men. Families complain about pressure from powerful Muslim groups. All three received death threats.
Violence against women and attacks on religious minorities on the rise in Pakistan
The families of the victims are often afraid to use the courts for fear of reprisals. The proposals of the Justice and Peace Commission to combat the phenomenon.
Women’s day in Pakistan: a police officer rapes a 14 year old Christian girl
Bound and helpless, the little girl’s grandparents forced to witness the violence. The doctors refused to lend aid. The police arrest an accomplice, the officer responsible vanishes. Meanwhile, the country celebrated the International Women's Day, with demonstrations and lectures. Awards given to some icons in the struggle for women rights.
Almost 20 women raped, killed, or fall to suicide every day
On International Women's Day, experts highlight the difficult situation of women in Pakistan. Those who suffer sexual violence are arrested, and abuse in the workplace is frequent.
Pakistan: a new norm to protect women, victims of rape
A woman who is a victim of rape will no longer be condemned for adultery as under the old norm introduced in 1979. Peter Jacob: "An important verdict but we need a definitive solution to all discriminatory laws".
Violence against women up with relatives as likeliest offenders
According to the annual Report on Violence Against Women released by the Citizen’s Commission for Human Development, murders, rapes, abductions and even burning of women “guilty” of unislamic behaviour or infidelity are up. In 70 per cent of the cases relatives are involved. Police rarely intervene.
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