Female Police Officer Alleges Senior Officials of Harassment
Female police officer, Rubina Shaheen Baloch, with 22 years of experience in Sindh police, accuses senior officials of sexual harassment. She claims they filed false FIRs against her, orchestrated by criminals. She alleges coerced unwanted sexual relationships, provides evidence implicating senior officials, and states they contact her through private numbers. Instead of addressing her concerns, she faces pressure to resign.
Baloch also reportedly describes living conditions in Brigade police quarters, where locals, including a mosque attendee, entered her home, tampered with utilities, issued threats, and forcibly evicted her. Her employment has been terminated, and her official residence taken away. She holds the SHO and local residents responsible for any harm to her or her family. The District East SSP appointed DSP Faiza to conduct an internal inquiry, with results due in seven days in response to the viral video.
Teenage girl in Karachi accuses landlord of rape
A 16-year-old girl in Bagh-e-Korangi, Karachi reported an incident to Awami Colony police, claiming she endured five months of rape by her 60-year-old landlord, Munir. Police launched an investigation, but the landlord had fled with an accomplice on a motorcycle.
The victim, whose parents were daily laborers, alleged that Munir would assault her when her parents were away, even recording the incidents and threatening to release the videos if she spoke out. Authorities are waiting for the family to file a formal complaint, and efforts to apprehend the suspect are ongoing.
UN Reports Surge in Afghan Refugee Numbers, Iran and Pakistan Host Majority
UN reports a global increase in Afghan refugees from 5.7 million to 6.1 million, primarily due to new data from the Pakistan government. Iran and Pakistan host 90% of Afghan refugees. The global refugee count reached 35.8 million by the end of June, with an increase of over 114 million by September, driven by conflicts in Ukraine, Sudan, Myanmar, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as ongoing crises in Afghanistan, Somalia, and environmental factors.
The UNHCR urges international cooperation to address these issues. During the first half of 2023, international protection was granted to 1.2 million people, and 87% of refugees originate from ten countries. Low-income nations host a significant share of the world’s displaced population. Iran and Turkey lead in hosting refugees, followed by Germany, Colombia, and Pakistan. Additionally, 23.8 million people needed international protection in protracted situations, and there was a notable increase in asylum applications in the first half of 2023, with over 90 countries experiencing a rise of more than 10%.