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Rights Watch | 23rd April 2021

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A sessions court rejected an appeal filed by Syed Ali Azhar for the custody of his underage 'wife' Arzoo Raja. The Sindh High Court on November 9, 2020, held that Azhar had violated provisions of the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act and was expressly barred from meeting the 14-year-old. For more human rights​ news, keep reading.
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Rights Watch | 8th April 2021

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Additional District and Sessions Judge Karachi West Gul Zamir Solangi issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Rehan Baloch and his wife Sundas, who stand accused of facilitating Rehan's brother Imran in abducting, raping, forcibly converting, and marrying an underage Christain girl in 2019. For more news on human rights abuses, keep reading.
Kavita Oad being converted in the presence of a cleric purported to be Mian Mithu

Should the state oversee conversions?

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While denying any involvement in the case of Kavita Oad's abduction, forced conversion and possibly underage marriage, notorious Barelvi cleric Mian Mithu of the Bharchundi Shareef Dargah has stated that he has never solemnized the nikkah of a minor due to the Child Marriage Act, which he considers contrary to Shariah law.
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Rights Watch | 11th March 2021

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A minor Hindu girl was forcibly converted after being kidnapped from her home in Ghotki.

Converted minor boy reunites with Hindu parents after a year of court battles

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March 11th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha and Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; A converted minor Hindu boy in Bahawalpur on Wednesday was reunited with his parents after a legal battle of one and half years. The Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell provided legal aid to the boy’s father to secure his release from the Child Protection Bureau.

Erasing rape through forced nikkah-namas

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In voicepk.net's special webinar, senior analyst and journalist Rashed Rahman together with MPA Musarrat Jamshed Cheema of the PTI, former AIG Gender Crimes Maria Mehmood, former Chair of the PCSW Fauzia Viqar & Executive Director of the AGHS Legal Aid Cell Nida Aly discuss the lacunae in rape laws, barriers to implementation, and inability of the police and the justice system to look past the nikkah-nama and see sexual crimes against women and children.

Parliamentary panel recommends certificate for conversion

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February 18th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; As part of a proposed bill on prevention of forced conversion, a parliamentary panel has recommended that a legally adult person should be allowed to convert his/her religion following a certificate issued by a judge after a personal appearance.

Freed finally, but a little too late

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February 17th,2021; By Ahmed Saeed & Shahrazad Agha; FAISALABAD; Farah Shaheen was returned to her parents after 6 months of repeated rape by abductors. But even as she returns, can this undo the fact that she was raped under the guise of religion?

Farah Shaheen marriage violates Child Marriage Restraint Act

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January 7th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The sessions judge in Faisalabad rules that the marriage of victim of conversion, Farah Shaheen was prime facie in violation of law as the marriage certificate was not registered in the concerned municipal corporation.
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Rights Watch | 18th December 2020

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Arzoo Raja case accused Syed Ali Azhar granted bail by sessions judge despite being booked for rape, a non-bailable offense....more HR news