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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

‘46% of victims of forced conversions are under 18’

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In a national conference, eminent speakers from Pakistan’s minority community came together to discuss the issue of forced conversions, and how they could be prevented. The conference was organized by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and the People’s Commission for Minority Rights (PCMR) with Voicepk.net as an official media partner. The session was moderated by Munizae Jahangir, Editor-in-Chief of Voicepk.net.

46% of victims of forced conversions are under 18

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December 9, 2020; BUREAU REPORT; LAHORE; In a national conference, eminent speakers from Pakistan’s minority community came together to discuss the issue of forced conversions, and how they could be prevented. The conference was organized by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and the People’s Commission for Minority Rights (PCMR) with Voicepk.net as an official media partner. The session was moderated by Munizae Jahangir, Editor-in-Chief of Voicepk.net.
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Rights Watch | 5th December 2020

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Raja Masih, father of Arzoo Raja, withdraws plea from SHC for a review of the court's November 23 verdict in order to approach a family court for her custody. Arzoo, who was proven a minor, had twice refused to return to her parents, following which the court had directed she be sent to a shelter home rather than to her "husband".
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Rights Watch | November 27th 2020

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A 14-year-old girl has been raped on separate occasions after being abducted on the way to school in Sheikhupura. Police have arrested one of the three suspects in the case.

Faisalabad sisters’ gang rape: main suspect arrested after VoicePk report

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November 23rd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; After the PTI govt took notice of voicepk.net’s report about the alleged rape of two sisters, Faislabad police have arrested the main accused Salman nominated in the case.