Lahore woman succumbs to in-laws’ torture

21 year old Iram, wife of Zeeshan, succumbed to injuries sustained during brutal torture by her husband and in-laws on Tuesday, February 24. The incident occurred in Lahore’s Nishtar Colony.

According to the deceased’s family, Iram was regularly brutalized by her husband of two years. On the day of the incident, the young woman was killed when her husband and in-laws assaulted her with blades and clubs. A case has been registered against Zeeshan while the body has been shifted to a morgue for an autopsy.

KP legislators assure enforcement of women-friendly laws

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa legislators reiterate their commitment to strengthening and enforcing women-friendly laws, especially those concerning domestic violence and reproductive health, during a joint consultation with women-oriented NGOs on Tuesday. The event was organized by Awaz – Center for Development Services and Blue Veins, in collaboration with the Women Parliamentary Caucus of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and the Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Department.

Speakers at the event lauded the efforts of women legislators in raising and pursuing the concerns of women, children and trans persons in the province, and asserted that religious parties were not opposed to women-friendly policy. Speakers further added that according to data obtained from Sustainable Development Goals Citizens’ Scorecard, 67% of women victims of violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa do not have access to medico-legal facilities, 50% claimed child and forced marriages occur in their areas, and 39% female respondents stated that their movement in public spaces was adversely affected due to harassment.

Swat residents demand release of missing persons

Residents of the Swat Valley gathered at the Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday to demand the immediate recovery or production of missing persons for fair trial in courts. Protesters claimed that the disappeared individuals were picked up between 2009 and 2010 and are still awaiting trial. Some 270 people’s release has been ordered by the courts but they have yet to return home. The protesters also stated that some of the victims of enforced disappearances were minor boys when they were picked up.