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Bodies found; woman killed in Khyber

LANDI KOTAL: Two bullet-riddled bodies were found in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency while a woman was killed when a mortar shell hit a house in the same area on Sunday. Sources said that bodies of two persons were spotted by local people in Kohi Sher Haider area on Sunday morning but they could not […]

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Gang rape death

The story of the Indian paramedical student, brutally gang-raped by six men, after she climbed aboard a bus in New Delhi with a male friend, met a fateful end. The horrendous incident, which triggered violent protests in the Indian capital, had shaken many, demonstrating how unsafe women remained in ‘liberated’ India. But the fact that […]

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War against rape

By: Sheeba Ajmal The poor girl who was raped in a bus in Delhi passed away. In our country too, stories about gang rapes, especially in the rural areas of Sindh and Punjab, keep appearing in the media. Cases are registered in police stations and news reports are aired on TV channels but hardly any […]

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Prosecution given last chance to produce witnesses in court

KARACHI: A district and sessions court on Saturday expressed annoyance over the extended absence of some prosecution witnesses from the hearings of a gang-rape case. Two accused along with their accomplices have been charged with subjecting an 18-year-old girl to a sexual assault in Jan 2007 in Ghotki. Despite several court notices, the prosecution witnesses […]

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Confronting gender crimes

By: REHAN YOUSAF Pakistan and the subcontinent in general, are very unfortunate places to be a woman in. The recent case of a gang rape of a young girl on a bus in New Delhi has made the world stand up and take note of the deteriorating situation of female affairs in this part of […]

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Woman strangled by husband

Karachi: It was the screaming of Ume Kalsoom’s children that made her neighbours rush to her Madina Colony residence in the Orangi Town on Friday. The mother of two children had been killed in cold blood by her husband. After spotting the strangled woman, the neighbours informed the police, who shifted the body to the […]

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Police reluctant to name suspects in girl’s murder

By: Ikram Junaidi ISLAMABAD: Ramna police station registered a case of murder (under section 302), in the case of the 22-year-old girl, who died after falling from a building, in sector G-11/4, on Thursday night, but the name of suspects were not mentioned in the First Information Report (FIR). “No suspects are being mentioned in […]

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Transport delays identified as barrier in access to health services for rural women

LAHORE: Pakistan, with a population of almost 180 million, is world’s sixth most populous country where maternal and newborn child health situation is still a cause for concern. In the country, more than 320 mothers in every 100,000 live births die during pregnancy, childbirth and soon after, leaving behind devastated families. Similarly, nearly 78 children […]

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Two women among four killed in Bela

QUETTA: Four people, including two women, were killed in a road accident in the Bela area of Balochistan on Thursday. SHO Baila Police Station, Malik Abdul Jabbar Rhonjo said a speeding car coming from Karachi rammed into a truck at the Gador Mor. As a result, two women Bhoji Devi, Insa Devi, Hera Lala and […]

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No female staff sent for women voters

By: Iftikhar A. Khan ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has conceded that no female staff had been appointed for any polling station set up for the by-election held recently for a seat of Balochistan Assembly. Provincial Election Commissioner Sultan Bayadid told Dawn that there was no `women-only’ polling stations, but claimed that separate […]

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Economic space for women

By: Sadia Khan AT the recent South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka, 120 women participants from 11 countries came together to create cross-border linkages between women entrepreneurs and leaders in South Asia. After two days of deliberations on the challenges and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in governance, technology and trade, delegates from different countries […]

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Participation of women in polls

Mobilising women voters could be the chief engine to democratic progress. Simply holding regular elections is not enough to be called a functioning democracy. Establishing a constitutional democracy requires ensuring that no one’s right to vote is suppressed in any way. A new report by the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) reveals that voter […]

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Free-will marriage: Couple seeks protection from woman’s family

BAHALWALPUR: A man and his wife, who say they have received death threats from the woman’ family over their free will marriage, have requested the police to protect them. Noor Muhammad and Tahira Noor, residents of Khanqah Sharif in Rangpur, held a press conference at the Bahawalpur Press Club on Wednesday. Muhammad said their families […]

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Girl’s body found

QUETTA: A Christian girl was shot dead by unknown assailants in her house situated on the Brewery Road area of the city, police said on Wednesday. The police, while quoting Asif, the brother of the deceased girl, who brought her sister’s body to the BMC hospital, said he found her sister dead as he entered […]

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