Pakistan

A delegation from the Pakistani Women's Commission today said it was putting pressure on the government for enacting laws that would not let the perpetrators of honour crimes get away.
The National Assembly passed the Protection of Women (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill to reform Pakistan’s rape laws which includes several amendments to sections 7, 8, 9 and 12 of the draft, as proposed by a committee of religious scholars.
Pakistan's national assembly has voted to amend the country's strict Sharia laws on rape and adultery.
Women are given in marriage to hostile families as compensation for a relative's crime in a practise called "swara" in Pashtun, parts of Afghanistan and the NWFP, and "vanni" in the Punjab. Although officially outlawed in Pakistan, the custom prevails.
Twenty-five years ago, Fehmida and Allahbakhsh were awarded 80 lashes and death by stoning respectively by a Karachi court under the Hudood ordinances. In response to these sentences, the Women's Action Forum was born to fight the oppression of women.
The latest compromise made by the government with respect to amendments in the Hudood laws is nothing more than a joke.
Today, 13th September 2006, the government of Pakistan is scheduled to present the revised draft of the Protection of Women (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2006 before the Parliament.
Human Rights advocates are shocked over the attempted rape of a female law student by staff of the Islamic Learning Department of Karachi University on 28 July 2006. They urge you to write to the Pakistani authorities to demand action for the arrest of the perpetrators and the filing of a criminal case.
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