This story has grave implications, not merely as a case of atrocities on 'religious minorities' but where an ideology of religious genocide uses such a technique on young 'unmarried' women - whether through threat of rape or this kind of imprisonment.
Shirkat Gah feels an urgent need to document JAC-ERE and selected civil society initiatives on a priority basis to facilitate the identification of the most urgent needs and will also be undertaking monitoring and advocacy.
UNFPA warns that some 17,000 earthquake-affected women in Pakistan are expected to give birth in the next two months. An estimated 1,200 of them will face major complications and about 400 will require surgical assistance.
MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, is partnering with the Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Center in Pakistan to deliver emergency aid to women and families in remote regions devastated by the October 8th earthquake.
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of more than 500 volunteers from Karachi, Gwadar, Dubai and large and small towns of all four provinces has been sending relief goods including emergency medicines and daily items to the disaster-hit areas.