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Child maid abuse: Girl suffered multiple burns on neck, back, says medical board

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ISLAMABAD: A minor girl, who had been rescued from her abusive employers in Sector E-11/3 last week, had suffered multiple burns on her neck, back and forearms. The details emerged on Friday after a report of a six-member medical examination board at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) surfaced. According to a copy of the […]


Torture & young domestic workers

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They are everywhere and they are nowhere. If you step into a home in an affluent or even almost affluent suburb in Karachi or Lahore or Islamabad or Multan, you will likely be handed a drink by one of them, see them sweeping the floor or washing the dishes. If you shop at a mall […]


Child abuse

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THE passage of the draft National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2015, during the current session of the National Assembly is an important step in the right direction. It is neither designed to be a panacea nor is it likely to eliminate the scourge of child employment and abuse. But if the […]


Case of another tortured minor maid surfaces in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD: A woman and her son were arrested on the charge of torturing a minor girl working at their house as a maid, police said on Saturday. After the arrest made by the Golra police, both the accused were produced in the court of a magistrate for seeking their remand for an investigation, said Assistant […]


Child maid case: IHC reserves verdict on transferring jurisdiction

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ISLAMABAD:  The Islamabad High Court Friday reserved its verdict on the jurisdiction for trying a district judge and his wife for allegedly abusing their 10-year-old housemaid. Justice Aamer Farooq reserved the order after all parties concluded their arguments. Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar had been booked […]


Speakers stress provision of rights to home-based workers

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KARACHI – Representatives of trade unions, government officials, employers and civil society activists on Thursday demanded the government to provide all labour and constitutional rights to home-based workers. Speaking at a one-day provincial conference on Home Based Workers (HBWs) on ‘Finalisation of the Implementation of Strategy for HBWs in Sindh,’, jointly organised by HomeNet Pakistan, […]


A future for minorities

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As the first national census for 18 years commences Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif used the occasion of the Hindu holiday of Holi to lay out his views — and by extension the views of his government — relating to the minority religious groups within the majority Muslim population. The PM pledged on Tuesday 14th March […]


‘Toothless human rights body has potential to make a difference’

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Relevant law allows Sindh Human Rights Commission to make alliances with civil society and relevant NGOs to file public-interest litigation Although the toothless Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is mainly a recommendatory organisation and except for the chairperson, the secretary and all the members have been appointed by the provincial government, the human rights body […]


Senators urge parliament’s role in exposing elements behind incidents

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ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Senate on Monday called on parliament to play its role in unearthing the elements behind the mysterious disappearances and equally mysterious reappearances of the bloggers. Through a joint motion PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar and Usman Khan Kakar of PkMAP on the mysterious disappearances of bloggers urged the Chairman Senate Mian Raza […]


IHC seeks detailed report on missing bloggers

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Monday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report on the activities of four bloggers – who went missing earlier this year and resurfaced a few days later – and how they had managed to leave Pakistan. Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the FIA Director […]


‘Hindus, Parsis and Christians developed Karachi’

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KARACHI: The original owners of Karachi were Hindus, Parsis and Christians, who developed the city by setting up hospitals, schools and parks. However, they were forced to migrate from Karachi after Partition. Writer and blogger Akhtar Balouch said this during the second Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi Literary Festival and book fair at PMA House on […]


Procedural changes in blasphemy laws proposed

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ISLAMABAD: As the blasphemy cases and laws are again being discussed in the country, Parliament has been advised by a human rights watchdog to make procedural changes in the blasphemy laws with addition of repentance to avoid their misuse. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in its report on the blasphemy laws presented in […]


The extinction of the Pakistani woman

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If you were a member of an oppressed minority what would you want? Rights? Representation? A voice? An end to persecution? That new lawn print? The biggest oppressed minority in Pakistan dreams of week-long extravagant weddings, overpriced designer couture and blissful ignorance. this earliest of junctures, I hereby qualify that this piece is in no […]


NA passes landmark bill to recognise, register marriages of Hindu families

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 to recognise and register the marriages among Hindu families by local governments. The bill moved by Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael, provides for solemnisation of marriages by Hindu families and for matters ancillary and incidental, thereto. The bill has already been passed […]