Pakistan: Women Intensify Push to Pass Law Against Acid Attacks

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2010
IPS News

KARACHI - Almost seven years after Naila Farhat, 20, became another victim of an acid throwing attack by a spurned suitor, she is finally seeing more vigorous efforts toward the passage of a law seeking to amend existing legislation to reinforce protection of women against violent assaults.

Pakistan: Freedom of Expression on Internet Must be Respected

Publication Date: 
May 21, 2010
Article 19
Article 19 Press Release

Decisions by a Pakistani High Court to ban numerous international websites and services violate international human rights law.

The Lahore High Court on 19 May ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block the social network website Facebook and hundreds of other pages in response to a Facebook user calling for an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. The court later ordered the blocking of YouTube for the same reason. The ban has resulted in numerous other websites also being affected, including Flickr, Wikipedia, Google, Twitter, some parts of the BBC, and accessing the internet through the Blackberry mobile service. The Express Tribune has reported that the total number of blocked websites has reached 1,000.

Participants of a media forum held yesterday in Karachi to discuss the ban were attacked by protesters accusing the organisers of blasphemy.

Pakistan: Over 600 women killed in name of honour in 2009

Publication Date: 
March 31, 2010
Women are too often scared to report domestic violence. Photo: Kamila Hyat / IRIN

The Urdu expression `chaddar aur chardawari’ is often quoted in Pakistan to suggest that women are safest under their shawl (`chaddar’) and within the four walls (`chardawari’) of their home. This may hold true for many women, but for some, such as 25-year-old Naseeba Bibi, it could not be further from the truth. Naseeba said she had suffered continual abuse from her husband since they got married six years ago in Kasur, about 55km southeast of Lahore, Punjab Province.

“My husband is jobless and a drug addict. He slapped and beat me daily, sometimes with a stick. I still have scars on my back. Recently, he started to tell people I was involved with another man, and would kill me for `honour’. I believed this was his plan, as he wished to marry someone else,” she said.

So she ran away to Lahore with her three children - the youngest is seven months old - and now struggles to make ends meet by selling hand-crafted toys on the pavement.

Pakistan: ‘Karo Kari’ victim’s family in Islamabad to seek justice

With his clothes ragged, face tired and body trembling, Dhatti Bakhsh Baloch entered ‘The News’ office here and narrated the story of her teenage daughter, who was allegedly killed in September last year by her husband Wahid Bakhsh with the help of his brothers in the wake of the centuries-old tradition of ‘Karo Kari’.

PAKISTAN: ‘Eye for an Eye’ Judgment Hailed, Denounced

Pakistan: ‘Eye for an Eye’ Judgment Hailed, Denounced

Zofeen Ebrahim

Pakistan - Important to Expedite Domestic Violence Legislation & Pass Enforcement Tools for Law Criminalizing Sexual Harassment

Pakistan: Expedite Domestic Violence Legislation

New Law Criminalizing Sexual Harassment Welcome but Needs Enforcement Tools

January 11, 2010

Editorial: Dishonored killings in Balochistan

Dishonoured killings in Balochistan
2 January 2010

Pakistan - Higher Penalty for Women’s Harassment Approved

Pakistan - Higher Penalty for Women’s Harassment Approved

By Raja Asghar
05 November 2009

PAKISTAN - Asian Human Rights Commission – Urgent Appeal

PAKISTAN - Asian Human Rights Commission – Urgent Appeal


28 August 2009