Islamabad man arrested for forcing wife into beggary
The Gender Protection Unit of the Islamabad Police on Sunday arrested a man for torturing his wife and forcing her to beg for alms. In her complaint to the police, the woman also provided that her husband shaved her head after torturing her on Saturday. A medico legal examination found bruises and torture marks on her face and various parts of her body. The suspect was arrested after a case was registered.
Three held for torturing mother, sister in Peshawar
Bhana Mari police on Saturday, July 3, arrested two brothers seen assaulting their mother and sister with a motorcycle helmet and hammer in a viral video, while a third brother was arrested on Sunday, July 4.
Police presented Aftab and Arshad in court on Sunday and obtained their physical remand for a day, while the third accused Zahid will be presented in court on Monday, July 5.
The accused’s sister told police she was assaulted for demanding her rightful share in ownership of their home. She claimed her brothers beat her and threatened to kill her. In the video of the incident, the assailants can be seen violently shoving their mother when she tries to protect her daughter.
A case has been registered under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 337A (causing injury to the head or face of any person), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
ICCI for women’s economic empowerment
The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce (ICCI) on Saturday announced efforts for a policy to ensure equal wages for male and female employees, and urged public and private institutions to adopt equal wage policies in a convention organised in collaboration with the Sustainable Social Development Organisation.
Speakers took note of a 2019 World Bank report which revealed that women’s participation in the Pakistani workforce was just 22% while in Kuwait it was 50%, 51% in Malaysia, 54% in Indonesia, 57% in Qatar and 61% in China. Citing an International Monetary Fund report, speakers also stated that Pakistan has the potential to increase its GDP by more than 30% by empowering women and creating opportunities for their participation in the workforce.