Honour Killings and Dowry Deaths Rampant in Pakistan: Human Rights Report

by Tanya Thomas on  March 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM Lifestyle News
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 Honour Killings and Dowry Deaths Rampant in Pakistan: Human Rights Report
As the world marks International Women's Day on Monday, a Human Rights Commission report in Pakistan has revealed some horrific statistics about women rights violations throughout the country.

The report reveals that at least 9,670 women have been killed only in Punjab for honour killings and property disputes for the last five years.

Out of 9,670 women, immediate relatives including husbands, brothers, fathers and others killed 1,638 ladies.

The report also claims that about 8,041 women were killed due to property and other such issue, and about 3,379 women were killed for not bringing dowry with them and asking for their rights.

"They were either killed by setting them on fire or by acid throwing, while hundreds of women who are facing Karokari, other such honour killings and infamous Hudood Ordinance charges in the jails of the country are still to be heard," The Nation quoted the Human Rights Commission Report, as saying.

Meanwhile, the Press United to Serve Humanity (PUSH), a Pakistan-based non-profit consortium of journalists working for freedom of Press and protection of human rights, said though the Pakistan Government has taken some steps to ameliorate the status of women and protect their rights, violence against them is abundant in Pakistan.

The NGO has also demanded for the implementation of laws for protection of women rights in letter and spirit.

Source: ANI
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