Just fourteen days after the National Assembly of Pakistan passed a Women's Protection Bill in order to provide relief and protection to women against the abuse of laws against premarital and extramarital sex, WLUML is deeply concerned to learn of another brutal "honour killing" case reported, from the Shikarpur district in the Sindh Province of Pakistan on 29 November 2006.
Six men have been arrested on a charge of raping a teenaged girl and forcing her to parade naked through her village near Ubaro because one of her relatives had eloped with a young woman from the men’s family.
Colleagues at Shirkat Gah, WLUML Asia regional coordination office have been monitoring the situation and have confirmed that they have made efforts to meet with staff from the university departments involved and that the female student is now reported missing. There has been no further news on the incident and despite letters being sent to the judiciary and the university authorities, this case does not have a positive outcome. However, many thanks to those of you who responded.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has been shocked to receive a copy of a horrifying Fatwa’ (edict) issued by a cleric in the Darra Adam Khel area of the NWFP and has written to the interior minister asking him to do his duties.
Shirkat Gah, WLUML Asia regional coordination office have launched their new website which contains information about their programmes, research, ongoing activities, publications, action alerts, documentation centre and network linkages.
Women no longer need to produce four witnesses when filing rape charges or fear they might be convicted of adultery, yet the Bill is accompanied by an anti-lewdness clause and the Hudood Ordinance will operate alongside the civil procedure.