Women and Children Stories

Women lawmakers agree on increasing marriage age for girls in Punjab

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January 14th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; Lawmakers from both sides of the Punjab Assembly have joined hands to end the menace of child marriages by increasing the age of marriage to 18 years for girls in Punjab and make CNICs a mandatory document to solemnize the marriage.

How right-wing legislators block women-friendly legislation!

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January 12th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Women activists questioned the secrecy surrounding the final draft of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Domestic Violence Bill that is set to be passed in the current season of the provincial assembly after a delay of seven years

Meesha wins big in the Supreme Court

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January 11th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; After a series of defeats Meesha’s legal team bags a win. The SC will now hear arguments about the ‘scope’ & ‘interpretation’ of the Protection against the harassment of women at the workplace act.

Killers of Christian sisters arrested but family disputes blackmail claim

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January 10th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha & Shahrazad Agha; LAHORE; Lahore police have arrested three suspects for the murder of Christian sisters but the family disputes claim that the victims were killed over blackmail.

Hazara protesters feel betrayed by PM’s blackmail accusation

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January 8th, 2021; By Asim Ahmed Khan; QUETTA; Mourners protesting against the Hazara killings say they are deeply upset by Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks that their demands were akin to 'blackmail'.

Farah Shaheen marriage violates Child Marriage Restraint Act

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January 7th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The sessions judge in Faisalabad rules that the marriage of victim of conversion, Farah Shaheen was prime facie in violation of law as the marriage certificate was not registered in the concerned municipal corporation.

LHC bans virginity test countrywide

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January 4th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a historic judgment, the Lahore High Court on Monday banned the two-finger test and the hymen test of female rape victims across the country, declaring the procedures unscientific, discriminatory, illegal and unconstitutional.

Life in the Time of COVID

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The year has ended but COVID is still around. Will dealing with an uncertain future be the new normal in 2021? Voicepk.net brings to you the stories of five working women from across Pakistan, who have lost their livelihood due to the global pandemic, but not their strength.

A silenced Meesha Battles Cases Amid Vilification Drive

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December 23rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Apart from the legal challenges, Meesha Shafi faced a targeted vilification campaign on social media, primarily to discredit her harassment claims, say women rights activists.

First-ever law on acid control to be tabled in Punjab Assembly

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December 23rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A first-ever law to regulate sale of acid is set to be tabled in the Punjab provincial assembly in order to prevent acid attacks on women in the province which has seen the highest number of such incidents.

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International Stories

Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

January 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA/LAHORE; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A statement by the Afghan Embassy revealed that a person named Rasul had survived the Mach Incident and is currently being held by the Balochistan Police.

‘German sister’ gets top award for work on leprosy

Dr. Chris Schmotzer, has been awarded the top German civil award, Order of Merit, for outstanding contribution to the treatment of leprosy in Pakistan.

APS ATTACK: 6 years on, parents still await justice

“They are gone and can't come back," says one of the parents. "But we will strive till the end of our days to see that they get justice." Most of the parents of the children martyred during APS massacre have not reached any closure even after the passage of six years. The only times where they have an opportunity for empathy, is when they all collect to remember their lost children. It is only them who can understand the depth of the grief that consumes them.