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Blog – Access to Justice


Honour killing: After 12 years in prison, three convicts walk free

The three convicts Ijaz Ahmad, Shahid Iqbal and Muhammad Iqbal were involved in the killing of a couple in Hafaz Abad on May 10, 2005. A trial court had awarded the death sentence to Ijaz Ahmad and life imprisonment to the other two. However, LHC later overturned Ijaz’s death sentence to life imprisonment. The bench,

Malala, Edhi and Bacha Khan featured as ‘Peace Heroes’ at Vienna Museum

The Vienna Peace Museum in 2014 launched “Peace Heroes” in which they feature personalities that are both historic and contemporary. For their 2017 edition, the museum introduced Malala Yousufzai and Abdul Sattar Edhi as one of their prominent peace heroes. “Peace Museum Vienna attempts to conduct peace education through the lives of its Peace Heroes.

Women as ‘collateral’ in jirga justice

MULTAN: The rape of a teenage girl in revenge for a crime committed by her brother has left residents of Muzaffarabad district in Multan shaken and questioning a deeply entrenched system of village justice. Last month, a council of village elders ordered the rape of the 16-year-old victim after her brother was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. The

All 29 suspects in panchayat-ordered rape case arrested: police inform SC

All 29 suspects nominated for their involvement in the panchayat-ordered ‘revenge rape’ of a teenage girl in Muzaffarabad area of Multan district last month have been arrested, read the police report submitted before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. According to the progress report submitted by Multan city police officer (CPO), the main accused in the

Rapist jailed for 10 years

KARACHI: A sessions court sentenced on Saturday a shopkeeper to 10 years in prison in a case pertaining to the abduction and rape of a minor girl. Hamza Khan was found guilty of subjecting a six-year-old girl to a sexual assault in a Korangi locality in November 2015. Additional district and sessions judge (East) Zahiba

Another girl subjected to vani to ‘settle rape’

SAHIWAL: Police have registered two cases against 10 people for their involvement in a vani “marriage” of an underage girl allegedly held at 114/7-R village, Chichwatini, on the orders of a panchayat to settle rape of a woman. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Amjad Javed kambho, four of the suspects, including the groom

CJP takes notice of teenage girl’s ‘revenge rape’ on panchayat orders

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday took notice of the rape of a teenage girl in an impoverished southern district of Punjab which reportedly took place on the orders of a panchayat or village council. The panchayat comprising 20 members, including four women, in Muzaffarabad district of Multan had ordered a

Saudi woman walks around in miniskirt and crop top in public

DUBAI: A young Saudi woman sparked a sensation online over the weekend by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around in public, with some Saudis calling for her arrest and others rushing to her defense, reported Daily Mail. State-linked news websites reported on Monday that officials in the deeply

World’s first child hand transplant a ‘success’

WASHINGTON: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health provides the first official medical update on 10-year old Zion Harvey, who

Indian woman beaten up by in-laws for giving birth to female child

NEWS DESK: A woman has been filmed apparently being beaten by her in-laws for giving birth to a girl, reported Hindustan Times. Local reports in Katalwi, Punjab, suggest that Meena Kashyap, 35, was also attacked as part of a dowry dispute. Footage shows her cowering and screaming in pain as she is hit with hockey

May no daughter be born to a poor family, prays Qandeel’s grieving father

MULTAN: On the eve of the first death anniversary of Qandeel Baloch, her father Azeem fondly remembers the social media celebrity. Sitting beneath a tree outside his house in Shah Sadruddin few kilometres away from the main city of Dera Ghazi Khan district, the 82-year-old was waiting for his wife to return from relatives house with

Muslim model who survived acid attack launches petition as she recovers

NEWS DESK: Survivors of acid attacks in the UK have raised a call for tougher laws against perpetrators and demanded stricter measures for the purchasing of corrosive substances after a spate of assaults in recent weeks, reported Al Jazeera. Sulphuric acid in drain cleaners, bleaches and corrosive alkalis in battery fluid can be easily bought in

BISP Launches Nutrition drive for 1.5 Million Women

Islamabad:  BISP in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP) conducted a training workshop on nutrition at BISP headquarters today to train its social mobilizers on nutrition. These master trainers will create awareness among 1.5 million beneficiary mothers through 50,000 BISP Beneficiary Committees (BBCs) in 32 districts across Pakistan on nutrition. The training was attended by

Indian woman, locked in dark room for 20 years, rescued

NEW DELHI: Her world came crashing down when she figured that the Mumbai man she had married already had a wife. Heartbroken, she came back home in north Goa but her family could not cope with her ‘abnormal behaviour’ and locked her up in a room. It was her world for the next 20 years,

Indian man shoots wife over delay in serving dinner

GHAZIABAD: A man shot dead his 55-year-old wife allegedly over delay in serving dinner at their house in Ghaziabad late Saturday night, reported Times of India. The accused, Ashok Kumar, 60, was arrested on Sunday. The incident took place around 11:45 pm on Saturday in Mansarovar Park Colony within the limits of the Kavi Nagar

Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani man’ repatriated

Indian national Uzma who alleged she was forced and duped into marrying a Pakistani man was repatriated to her country on Thursday following court orders. Indian external affairs ministers Sushma Swaraj welcomed Uzma as she returned to India via the Wagah border. “Uzma – Welcome home India’s daughter. I am sorry for all that you

Senate to protect transgenders’ rights

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Friday said that the upper house of parliament would play its due role in protecting the rights of the transgender community and work on the necessary legislation in this regard. He expressed these views while meeting with a delegation of Task Force on Transgender at the Parliament House. Rabbani said

Woman gets rape, murder threats after urinating on American flag

NEWS DESK: A woman who shared a video of herself urinating on an American flag has been receiving rape and murder threats, reported BBC. She has asked that people stop targeting her family, saying they do not support her actions. Emily Lance received online threats of murder and rape after posting the video during Independence

Raped teenager jailed for 30 years in El Salvador for ‘killing baby’

A teenager has been jailed for 30 years after suffering what her lawyers said was a miscarriage, after she was raped a year ago, reported The Independent. A court in El Salvador, a country that has perhaps the world’s most strictest laws on reproductive rights, found that Evelyn Beatriz Hernández Cruz, 19, had killed her

Two Indian women get ‘married’ in defiance of law

Two women in Bengaluru, India are on the run from family and law after they got ‘married’ at a temple in Koramangala, reported Bangalore Mirror. The 25-year-old and 21-year-old women whose names have not been revealed are said to be distant relatives and got married in what is being called the first lesbian wedding in

Muslim man in India puts on burka to avoid getting lynched

AGRA: Given the increasing incidents of lynching, the Muslim minority in India seems to be getting more insecure with each passing day, reported Times of India. Nazmul Hassan, a 42-year-old assistant engineer in Aligarh’s Kasimpur power station was caught at the railway station Sunday afternoon wearing a burka. Alerted by other travellers, GRP men observed

BJP worker arrested in India for ‘raping’ former student

NAGPUR: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was left red-faced after 48-year-old Ravindra Bawanthade, a BJP worker and supervisor at a school at Nagbhid in Chandrapur district, was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping his former 19-year-old student in a Gadchiroli-bound bus on June 27 last month, reported Times of India. The instance was recorded

Indian bride calls off wedding with ‘rape-accused’ groom

BAREILLY: In a bizarre turn of events, a bride called off her wedding on the day she was to tie the knot after learning that her would-be groom is an accused in a rape case, reported Times of India. She said she did not want to spend her entire life with someone who was accused

Indian rape survivor attacked with acid for fifth time

LUCKNOW: A woman, who had survived an alleged gang rape and four separate acid attacks, has once again been assaulted using corrosive liquid, Indian police said on Sunday. The 35-year-old mother, who was allegedly gang-raped in 2008 over a property dispute, was at a women’s hostel in Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow when a man scaled

Indian policeman arrested for ‘raping’ daughter inside check post

An Indian police officer was arrested on charges of raping his daughter inside a police post in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The assistant sub-inspector, posted at Manth chowki of Mathura at the Agra-Delhi Yamuna Expressway, was set to retire after three days, reported Times of India. According to his colleagues, it was difficult for

Trans community lauds govt’s decision to issue passport with transgender category

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s transgender community has welcomed the government’s decision to issue its first passport with a transgender category as an important milestone in the struggle against discrimination. Last week, the government issued a passport to prominent transgender activist Farzana Jan with an X to symbolise the ‘third sex’ printed under the gender category of the travel

Minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan: Governor Punjab

Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana has said the minorities enjoy equal rights in Pakistan. He was talking to Chairmen Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiq Ul Farooq, who called on him in Lahore today. The Governor said Hindus, Sikhs and Christians are our Pakistani brethren. He said their religious places are fully secure and special

Two of seven gang-rape suspects arrested, Sindh IGP told

KARACHI/SUKKUR: Amid a public uproar in the media over alleged gang-rape of a 12-year-old housemaid by seven suspects at her employers’ house in Malir, Karachi, the Kandhkot SSP, Samiullah Soomro on Tuesday informed Inspector General of Police A.D. Khowaja through the Larkana DIG that two of the suspects had been arrested and a hunt for

Couple killed in Shangla for ‘honour’, suspects arrested

A young man and woman were killed in Shangla on Monday in a suspected ‘honour killing’, police said. Zarghuna Bibi, 23, and Ziaul Haq, 27, were shot allegedly by the woman’s brothers after they found the two in a ‘compromising position’, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Puran Circle Zeerab Gul said. According to the

Banned custom: 12-year-old girl forced into marriage to settle dispute

MULTAN: A 12-year-old girl’s fate was decided by a panchayat when it ordered her family to marry her off as vani to settle a kidnapping dispute in Bhakkar on Sunday. A police official told The Express Tribune that a few months ago, Nadia Bibi, daughter of Muhammad Rustam, was kidnapped by Muhammad Idrees, son of

Woman killed by father, brother in the name of ‘honour’

KARACHI: A father in collusion with his son strangled his daughter to death in Karachi’s Kemari area late Sunday. The woman’s body was found in a house near Kemari’s Maan roundabout, the police said. The deceased, identified as Farzana, was strangled by her father and brother in what appeared to be a case of honour

Indian woman ‘goes missing’ from Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistani husband claims

Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Sunday said that an Indian woman ─ married to a Pakistani man ─ who ‘went missing’ from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad last week is ‘stranded’ inside the building. Uzma, an Indian national, met Tahir Ali, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the latter was working as

Project for out-of-school children launched in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: In order to get more out-of-school children back into classrooms and to make sure they catch up quick, an Accelerated Learning Programme (ALP) was launched in the capital by the Minister of Education Muhammad Balighur Rahman. The programme offers primary education equivalent of up to class five for out-of-school children allowing them to catch

Muzaffargarh woman commits suicide after being raped and tortured by ‘faith healer’

MULTAN: A newly-wed woman committed suicide in Shah Jamal, Muzaffargarh after a fake ‘faith healer’ allegedly raped and tortured her as part of an exorcism. According to the Shah Jamal police, 20-year-old Nusrat Bibi lived in Goram Bagraoun and got married to Akram one month ago. Her mother-in-law Mumtaz Mai believed she was possessed and

12-year-old maid tortured, pushed out of the house

FAISALABAD: In yet another seething incident of child abuse, a 12-year-old maid was tortured and pushed out of the house by her employers in Faisalabad on Tuesday. A police official said Samiah was working at the house of Jawad in Civil Lines area. The locals saw the girl and torture marks on her body after

Police arrest man for honour killing

LAHORE: Police claimed to have arrested a suspect who kidnapped a child after killing the minor’s parents in Nishtar Colony on Tuesday. Police said Shehryar opened fire at Zameer who was working at a carpet manufacturing unit near his house. The victim suffered bullet injuries. The suspect then entered into house of the victim and

Legislation sought for protection of women at homes, workplaces

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have urged government to implement all the existing laws preventing harassment and focus on legislation to provide protection to women both at workplaces and homes. The seminar was organized by Da Hawa Loor, a civil society organisation, at Peshawar Press Club on Monday. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Deputy Speaker Dr Mehr

Man escapes to Dubai after wife’s murder in hotel

KARACHI: The body of a young woman was found hanging with a ceiling fan in a Saddar hotel on Sunday morning, police said. They, however, believed that it was not a case of suicide since the victim’s husband, who was staying with her, left the hotel early morning. SSP-South Saqib Ismail Memon told Dawn that

BISP – Waseela-e-Haq Overview

BISP had launched Waseela-e-Haq scheme in September, 2009 to provide and enhance small business and entrepreneurship among poorest of the poor to come out of poverty trap. It was meant to promote self-employment among women beneficiaries or their nominated able bodied members of their families as a mean to improve their livelihood. Waseela-e-Haq was a

Child maid torture: Girl’s parents again pardon judge, wife

ISLAMABAD: Parents of a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly employed and tortured by a sessions judge and his wife in the capital, once again told judicial officers that they had forgiven what happened to their daughter. During Friday’s hearing of the case against Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife

Man gets life in jail for sexually abusing girl

PESHAWAR: A local court has convicted a person of taking away and sexually molesting a young girl for two months and sentenced him to life imprisonment with fine of Rs250,000. The court of additional district and sessions judge Ali Gohar pronounced that the prosecution had proved its case against the accused, Iftikhar Khan, and the

Landlord accused of raping married woman in Kasur village

Police in Kasur district on Thursday lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against a landlord for allegedly raping a married woman in a local village. The accused had scaled the wall of the victim’s house on Wednesday, when the family was out harvesting, and raped 22-year-old S*, according to complainant Mohammad Younas. The accused escaped

Father poisons five children, commits suicide in Layyah

A father in Layyah poisoned and killed five of his children before ingesting pesticide himself on Thursday, police officials told DawnNews. Tariq Ismail, a resident of Chowk Azam, gave his four daughters and son ─ ages ranging from six to 12-years-old ─ a pesticide dissolved in a drink which killed them instantly, after which he

From Swabi to Kurram: story of a woman kidnapped and sold thrice for marriage

Noorul Baha was only eights years old when she was kidnapped from her hometown in Swabi and sold for marriage to a family from Kurram Agency as per a tribal tradition called walwar. According to this local custom practiced in certain parts of  Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), the groom’s family pays the price for the

Police arrest three suspects in rape of minor boy near Chachro

Police on Wednesday arrested three men suspected of raping and murdering a teenage boy in the village of Mataro Mangria near Chachro. The suspects ─ Muhammad Ramazan, Ali Nawaz, and Muhammad Juman ─ who were arrested during a raid in the area confessed to raping the minor, Station House Officer (SHO) Chachro Abdul Rehman Rahu

Brother accused of murdering mother of four in suspected ‘honour killing’

A 35-year-old mother of four was allegedly murdered by her younger brother in a suspected ‘honour killing’ on Wednesday in Sindh’s Sanghar district, police said. Qurban Ali Shar allegedly strangled his elder sister, Sabhagi Shar, on the suspicion that she was having an affair with a man, Station House Officer (SHO) Shahpur Chakar Mohammad Ishaq

Millions of Children in Restive Pakistani Province Lack Access to Education

Nine-year-old Fahad works at a tailor shop in Peshawar with his brother to provide for their family of 11, including his six brothers, two sisters and his parents. Making just $20 a month, his job hinders him from going to school. “Every day on my way to work, I see students who go to school

UKIP seeks ban on veils, new Muslim schools

LONDON: Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party says it will promote social unity by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools. The right-wing party on Monday unveiled what it calls an “integration agenda” ahead of Britain’s June 8 election. It includes bans on Sharia law and on wearing face-covering veils in public,

BISP – Women Empowerment

BISP is internationally recognized as model social safety net program that provides a unique forum for empowerment to the poorest women. BISP is redefining the lives of its women by adding dignity, empowerment and meaning to their lives as envisioned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. We are fully committed to cultivate an environment where women

Girl shot dead, another injured in name of ‘honour’ in Sindh

Three women including a mother of four children were attacked by their relatives in the past 24 hours in three different districts of Sindh. One of these women was killed in the name of ‘honour’, police said. Matiari ‘honour’ killing A teenage girl was shot dead by her fiance’s brother in a suspected case of

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