Rights Watch | 8 June 2023


70-Year-Old Man Arrested for Repeatedly Raping Minor in Ghizer

A 70-year-old man has been arrested in Ghizer for raping a minor. The incident occurred in Sherquilla Village of Punial Valley in Ghizer district.

The victim’s uncle filed a complaint at Singul police station, stating that the girl had been experiencing leg pain and revealed that she was being sexually abused by a man from their village while going to school. The man had been taking her to his house for the past month and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

The police have registered a case against him under sections 376 and 377 (b) of the Pakistan Penal Code, which pertain to rape and sexual involvement of a minor, respectively.


Labour Minister: Minimum Wage Set to Increase to at Least Rs32,000

Labour Minister Saeed Ghani has indicated that the minimum wage for workers in Sindh is likely to be raised to a range of Rs32,000 to Rs35,000. This increase comes in response to the rising prices of essential goods, which have particularly affected low-income and middle-class families.

The provincial minimum wage board has begun preparing recommendations for the raise. Two years ago, Sindh became the first province to increase the minimum wage to Rs25,000. In addition to this, the government has also increased the death grant for deceased workers’ families, wedding assistance, education support, and scholarships for laborers.

Ghani emphasized the need to devolve the Workers Welfare Fund and the Employees Old-age Benefits Institution in line with the 18th constitutional amendment. Regarding the mayoral election in Karachi, Ghani clarified that a candidate only needs the majority support of the city council members, without a specific vote count requirement.


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