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Data shows miserable plight of women

KARACHI, May 04, 2005 A survey data collected by the Aurat Foundation has shown the pathetic state of human rights during last four months.At least 506 persons were killed including 132 women in different incidents in Sindh during past four months. Thirty men and comparatively more women were killed in terms of honour killing while six men lost their lives in alleged police torture. Target killing claimed more than eight lives of prominent political and religious figures particularly in City.

According to a survey data collected by Aurat Foundation, 18 women were gang-raped and more than 15 women including minor girls were raped while four were raped and murdered in different areas of Sindh.

As many as 172 persons including 64 women were kidnapped and six minors were kidnapped, while 20 were killed. At least 181 persons including 58 women committed suicide due to increasing unemployment, domestic problems, forced and under age marriages and other problems.

The report said that during January to April 2005, 3,185 persons including 64 women were arrested under different charges, more than 76 persons were physically tortured by police and 76 women were seeking shelter. The tradition of passing over ashes also continued through “jirga” decisions.

More than four women including a girl from Kotri were sold. The President of Pakistan signed the Karo Kari bill leaving the crime of honour killing as complicated. Accused in high profile murder case of Tehmina and Abida Bhutto of district Shikarpur were also released due to this article.

In Pano Aqil (Sukkur), two girls were given compensation by the ‘jirga’ to settle the ongoing bloody conflict, while the honour killing bill prohibited this practice. More than five couples were separated by force through ‘jirga’ decisions.

Source: The Nation

Date:5/4/2005

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