December 10th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Complaints related to domestic and online violence has intensified during the COVID period in the country, according to key findings of a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan presented at a webinar to mark Human Rights Day on December 10.
December 2nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Watch our debate on the new anti-rape laws with PTI leader and lawyer Ali Zafar, executive director Asma Jahangir legal aid cell Nida Aly and Omar Maniar.
Inside sources say that some of the students who were part of the march, particularly those who were leading it had been receiving mysterious phone calls days before the march itself. The unknown callers would threaten them and warned them of dire consequences if the march took place.
November 25th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Women rights activists have questioned logic of rushing through the new rape legislation by ordinances which cleared another hurdle for promulgation with approval of the federal cabinet committee on legislative cases on Wednesday.
November 23rd, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Gender-based violence courts in Sindh are taking about 17 months to conclude proceedings despite the mandatory timeframe of three months under the law, said Murtaza Wahab, CM’s Advisor on Law, revealed in a seminar on the launch of Shirkat Gah’s policy document on the impacts of COVID on women.
November 22nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; Faisalabad; Asif Masih, a resident of Faisalabad, claims that his 12-year-old daughter, Farah, was abducted, forcefully married, and converted to Islam. The court refused to take into account the age of the girl and sent her back with her husband/abductor.
November 16th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; South Asians for Human Rights has expressed its concern over Sri Lankan authorities insisting on mandatory cremation for Muslims who die of or are suspected to have died of COVID, in violation of Islamic funeral practices.
Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy has been appointed new chairperson of SAHR along with Dr Roshmi Goswami as its co-chairperson. Munizae Jahangir and Ahmed Rafay Alam are new bureau members from Pakistan.
November 13th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmad Seth was laid to rest in Peshawar as lawyers across the country observed a day of mourning on his demise.
November 7th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The family of the two sisters allegedly gang-raped in Faisalabad has accused the police of siding with the suspects as a court extended interim bail of five accused in the case.