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The third gender’s right to dignity

June 1, 2012

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May 31, 2012 By recognising the rights of the transgender community, the state is not doling out largesse; it is only performing its duty under the Constitution They came beautifully dressed, some a tad brightly, but all beautifully and proudly, there was much chatter, and a lot of sisterhood. It was the public hearing of […]

Jirga decision: Authorities move to save ‘condemned’ Kohistani women

May 29, 2012

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By Muhammad SadaqatPublished: May 29, 2012 Local police chief said that a police party, headed by a deputy superintendent police, has been sent to Seertaiy village to recover the girls who, The Express Tribune reported, were locked in a room and were being starved. KOHISTAN: In a bid to preempt the execution of six people […]

Forced marriage: the pupils who vanish in the holidays

April 24, 2012

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Why aren’t schools doing more to educate children about forced marriage? Louise Tickleguardian.co.uk, Monday 9 April 2012 Jasvinder Sanghera, of the charity Karma Nirvana, talks to pupils at Landau Forte college, Derby. Photograph: Fabio De Paola When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012

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Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

Pakistani Judge Upholds 3 Women’s Conversions

April 20, 2012

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B.K. Bangash/Associated PressFaryal Shah, center, leaving the Supreme Court in Islamabad under tight security last month. By SALMAN MASOODPublished: April 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed […]

Fistula – Another Blight on the Child Bride

April 20, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Bano and her cleric husband campaigning against child marriage. Credit:Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – It was personal experience that turned Gul Bano and her cleric husband, Ahmed Khan, into ambassadors against early marriage and its worst corollary – obstetric fistula which allows excretory matter to flow out through […]

War on Terror Traumatises Pakistani Women

April 16, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Women in Pakistan’s tribal areas show signs of mental stress. Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Apr 16, 2012 (IPS) – Collateral damage caused by the ‘war on terror’, prosecuted by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan since 2001, may well extend to psychological trauma sustained by thousands of women in the […]