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Protection for KP rape victim demanded

PESHAWAR: A global feminist group has expressed deep concern over safety of family of Uzma Ayub, a rape victim, whose brother was also shot dead outside a courthouse in Karak District.

“In light of the murder and ongoing threats against Ms Ayub and her family. Equality now is deep concern for their safety,” a London-based Equality Now organization, striving for rights of women around the globe, said in an ‘Urgent Alert’ on Friday and calls on government officials to ensure the family’s ‘immediate protection; make certain that Uzma’s case is properly investigated and that all the perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’

The Equality Now said it was pursuing the case of 16-year-old Uzma from Southern Karak district, abducted by police and held hostage for nearly a year, during which time she was repeatedly gang-raped by men, whom allegedly included police officers and a civilian member of the Pakistan Army. On December 9, Uzma’s 25-year-old brother Alamzeb Marwat, who had been supporting her pursuit of justice, was hit by a car and shot dead outside of a Karak court house, while picking up legal documents with Uzma.

Source: Daily Times

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