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Human rights groups warn on rising attacks against women in Pakistan

Pakistan Human Rights Violation: The last few hours of Noor Mukadam’s life were dreadful. Noor, 27, jumped out of a window to escape the pain, but was brought back into the house… beaten and then beheaded. His childhood friend Zaheer Jaffer is accused of giving him such a painful death. According to reports, Noor had reportedly refused to marry Zaheer, following which she reportedly took the step.

The incident created a sensation in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad last week, where human rights activists are already raising their voice against attacks against women. Prominent human rights activist Tahira Abdullah said that Noor Muqadam was the daughter of a diplomat and that the focus on the case because of her position in society has finally raised questions about the increasing violence against women in Pakistan. But most of the women who are victims of such violence are from the poor and middle classes of the country and often no complaints are filed or ignored regarding their deaths.

Abdullah said “I can give you a list longer than my hand” of attacks on women in just one week. The epidemic of sexual crimes and violence against women in Pakistan is a silent epidemic that no one is watching and talking about.

Despite all this, Pakistan’s parliament failed to pass a bill this month to protect women from domestic violence, he said. It also includes violence by the husband. Instead, it has asked an Islamic ideology council to look into it, the same council that had earlier said there was nothing wrong with a husband killing his wife.

According to a Human Rights Watch report released earlier this year, data collected from domestic violence hotlines across the country showed a 200 percent increase in domestic violence between January and March last year. . These figures were quite high during the lockdown that started in March due to Kovid-19.

Human rights activists said that in many cases of so-called honor killings in Pakistan, the perpetrators are brothers, fathers or other male relatives. Every year, more than 1,000 women are murdered in this way, many of them not even registering complaints. Rights groups sharply criticized Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government, saying they work for religious rights and forgive perpetrators of attacks on women.

He said the former cricketer, who has been married thrice and at a time when Khan’s image was that of a man having relationships with multiple women, has now embraced an orthodox Islam, he said. He shares a close relationship with a religious man who blamed COVID-19 for “crimes against women”.

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