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LHC directed Punjab Government to revise Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929

LAHORE: Declaring the definition of ‘child’ in the Child Marriage Act, 1929 unconstitutional, the Lahore High Court has directed the Punjab government to revise the provincial version of the legislation and end the age-based distinction between males and females. `The definition of child in the 1929 Act while making a distinction on the basis of age, is not based on…

Curious case of Priya Kumari

IT was on Ashura, Aug 19, 2021, when nine year-old Priya Kumari went missing. Just before her disappearance or abduction she had been happily helping her father a syncretic Hindu who runs a sabeel every year in Muharram in Sangrar, a small town near Sukkur serve sherbet to thirsty mourners.…

Addressing the digital gender gap

GENDER equality is not just a basic human right. It is also a cornerstone of a thriving, contemporary economy that fosters sustainable, inclusive growth. Acknowledging that gender equality is crucial ensures that both men and women can contribute fully to advancing societies and economies. The path forward is challenging. According…

Three remanded in teenage girl’s gang rape case

KARACHl: A judicial magistrate has remanded three suspects in police custody for their alleged involvement in subjecting a teenage schoolgirl to gang rape and filming the heinous offence. The investigating officer (IO) of the case brought the three suspects before the judicial magistrate (Malir) and sought their 14-day physical remand.…

Gang involved in filming and blackmailing girls smashed

LAHORE: Narowal police have unearthed a gang involved in filming women picnicking along with their families at the BambanwalaRavi-Bedian (BRB) Canal and blackmailing them later with threats to upload `objectionable` material on social media to mint money or to exploit them sexually. With `several suspects and nominated accused` in custody,…

Constable booked for allegedly raping wife’s niece

GUJAR KHAN: A constable of the Anti-Corruption Police was booked in Jhelum for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl on 6 May 2024. According to police sources, the accused was posted in Rawalpindi and escaped after committing the crime. A case was registered with Civil Lines police station on the complaint…

Teacher arrested on charge of raping schoolgirl

DADU: Police arrested a primary schoolteacher posted in a village near Jhol town in Sanghar district on 7 May 2024 on charges of raping a girl student of class fifth. Jhol police registered an FIR against the teacher under Section 338-A (Punishment for Isqat-i-haml) of the Pakistan Penal Code on…

Two minor girls raped in separate incidents

BAHAWALPUR: Two minor girls, one of them a student of a madressah, were allegedly raped in separate incidents occurring in Mailsi, Vehari district, and Basti Malook near Lodhran. According to police sources, Mureed Hussain complained to the Mailsi city police that his 15-year-old daughter was alone in his house in…

Fistula and child marriages

Seema’s battle with fistula unveils the tragedy of early marriage, urging society to confront the intertwined dangers of child marriage and women’s health crises. Seema, a resident of Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan, received the title, ‘Woman of the Year’, not for her achievements, but for a fate imposed upon her…

Childhood trauma

Several people glorify different forms of abusive behaviour by parents to discipline children, despite the existence of non-abusive alternatives that work well. When asked about the long-term consequences of such abuse, they are unaware at best or dismissive at worst. Dismissive answers can be as simple as `we turned out…

Unicef Pakistan launches National Gender Strategy

ISLAMABAD: Unicef Pakistan on 30 April, 20204 launched its National Gender Strategy (2024-2027) to bring about lasting and transformative change for millions of girls between 10-19 years. Unicef said that if the strategy was implemented effectively from urban to rural areas, it could drive change, address inequalities and improve the…

Kasur child abuse case High court acquits two convicts

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on 24 April 2024 acquitted the two men who were handed down life imprisonment in one of the cases pertaining to Kasur child abuse scandal surfacing in 2015. A two-member LHC bench comprising Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry and Justice Amjad Rafiq allowed the appeals of…

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