» 10/14/2010, 00.00
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.
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.
Rape victims lynch rapist
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.
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.
Women's rights activists: Change sham law on domestic violence
The "Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2015" was approved on 20 May by the provincial government. The law does not define domestic violence or prescribe severe penalties for offenders.
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