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2507 people committed suicide during 2004

KARACHI,January 21,2005:As many as 2507 people committed suicide while another 1634 persons attempted to end their life in different parts of the country during the year 2004. Of 2507, who committed suicide, 1361 were male and 753 female. During the year, 230 male children and 163 female children ended their life, a report compiled by […]

Excerpts of the Human Rights Watch Annual Survey on Pakistan

Gender-based violence and discrimination: Violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, rape, “honor killings”, acid attacks and trafficking, are rampant in Pakistan. The existing legal code discriminates against women and girls and creates major obstacles to seeking redress in cases of violence. Survivors of violence encounter unresponsiveness and hostility at each level of the […]

2,906 kidnapping cases of women,children reported last year

KARACHI: January 07,2004 The cases of women and child kidnapping are on the rise in the country. It is obvious from the fact that during last year 2,906 abduction cases were reported in the national as well as vernacular press. Out of the total 2,906 cases of children and women kidnapping, there were 1,398 cases […]

Repeal of Hudood Ordinance sought

HYDERABAD, January 6,2005: The deputy Opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Makhdoom Jamil-uz-Zaman, and MPA Sassui Palijo have submitted two separate resolutions to the secretary of the Sindh Assembly for the repeal of Hudood (punishment of Zina) Ordinance 1979 by the federal government. The notice for the resolution reads: ‘The assembly re solves and recommends […]

Efforts to protect HR stressed

QUETTA, January 04,2005:Effective efforts are needed for creating awareness about the importance of human rights and especially women’s rights as first step to protect the rights and end their violation. Islam accords equal rights for all and does not condone discrimination against women. Pakistan’s Constitution also guarantees equal rights to women. These views were expressed […]

231 child abusecases in 2004′

231 child abusecases in 2004′ KARACHI. The incidents of violence against children are increasing in Pakistan and one can easily gauge the severity of the problem by the fact that since January 2004, 1684 different cases of physical and sexual violence have been reported in the print media. The breakdown of collected data claims that […]

HRW questions govt’s claim about democracy

NEW YORK – Human Rights Watch has criticized the government of Pakistan for its ‘repression’ of a PPP demonstration in Islamabad on Dec 21. In a press release, Human Rights Watch recalled that the aborted demonstration was called by Asif Ali Zardari, husband of former prime minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, who had announced […]

HRCP slams attack on NGO office

LAHORE – Condemning the attack on the Aga Khan Foundation’s Chitral office, killing two staff members and damaging vehicles and property , the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has called for urgent action for tackling growing intolerance and violent trends in society. Expressing grave concern over the incident in a statement issued here on December […]

Four-year-old girl found murdered

KARACHI – Body of a four-year-old girl, who went missing since Wednesday, was recovered from the rooftop of a building located in the limits of Kalri police station in Lyari on December 16. Police said that the girl was strangulated to death. Hospital sources said that the victim was subjected to sexual abuse and later […]

Husband kills father-in-law, kidnaps wife

DADU – Domestic violence turned into horrible incident on December 15 when a woman was kidnapped while her father was killed and brother injured in the premises of Family Court. Report said that Ms Rubina Qambrani, 20, arrived Family Court along with her father Deen Muhammad and brother Riaz Qambrani for getting divorce from her […]

Police fail to recover newsman’s son

SHEIKHUPURA – The police have failed to find any clue to the son of Sadiq Malik, a Muridke correspondent of an English daily, who had disappeared from his office on November 2. Talking to newsmen here, Mr Malik said that his son Majeed Sadiq was working in Askari Leasing Auto Finance Company, Gujrat. He said […]

Call for right of appeal against FCR

LANDI KOTAL – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Khyber Agency chapter, on December 12, has demanded amendment to the Constitution giving tribesmen the right of appeal in superior courts of the country against punishments given under the Frontier Crimes Regulations. The demand was made at a one-day consultation meeting on the FCR held in […]

New building for special children

KARACHI – A former penalty-corner specialist in the Dutch National Hockey team, Paul Litjens, inaugurated an extension block of Darul Sukun, an institution for the handicapped children, in Karachi on December 11. Darul Sukun was established by Sister Gertrude Lemmens, who was affectionately called “mama” by all the inmates, with just a few rooms on […]

“Jirga” held responsible for karo-kari killings

HYDERABAD – Rights groups in Sindh organized rallies and seminars on December 10, to mark the International Human Rights Day. They held the archaic Jirga system responsible for karo-kari killings and criticized big land owners for explicating land less peasants. They said the worst kind of terrorism had engulfed the country where even mosques and […]