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Islamabad: FIR registered against man for threatening woman in viral video

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: Islamabad police on Friday registered a case against a man after a video of him beating, threatening and thrashing a woman went viral on social media.  The video of the incident, which went viral on social media, shows a man identified as Wasif Abbasi holding a gun and threatening a woman before thrashing her brutally in the end. As people called for action against Abbasi, Islamabad police located the woman and inquired her about the incident before registering a case in Ramna police…

Woman set on fire in India after complaining of attempted assault

NEW DELHI: Two men accused of trying to molest a 20-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh set her on fire two days later after she lodged a complaint with police, authorities and her family said. Women in India have struggled to secure prosecution for sexual attacks in the face of widespread police indifference, rights activists say. The woman was in a field near her home in Sitapur district when the men, both neighbours and known to her family, accosted her and tried to drag her away, her brother Vinod Kumar told Reuters.…

Women’s fight for toilets in country’s rural areas

BASTI AMEERWALA: For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has fought her male relatives for access to toilets -- but a sanitation drive by new premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in Pakistan.  "I told them: 'You can go where you want, but me, my movements are restricted!'," said Siddiqua, who is in her 60s, in Basti Ameerwala, a small agricultural village in central Punjab province where residents have been relieving themselves in the open for generations. Restraining themselves over long days…

Govt campaigning to educate masses about women’s inheritance rights: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Monday said the government had initiated an awareness campaign to educate masses about inheritance rights of women under Islamic jurisprudence and the constitution. "The process of establishment of groups of pro bono lawyers in every district for legal aid to women vis-a-vis, inheritance issues are also in progress. State media channels also ran campaign in this regard," she said while speaking on the floor of the National Assembly to a query. Talking about…

Minister seeks report on alleged suicides of women in Thar

KARACHI: Sindh Government has sought report about alleged suicide incidents of women being reported in drought-stricken district of Thar from the concerned authorities on Monday. Sindh's Minister for Women Development, Shehla Raza taking notice of the news related to women committing suicides in Thar, ordered SSP Tharparkar to submit detailed report into the incidents, being reported from the area. The minister has decided to visit Tharparkar by herself to see the on-ground situation and the root cause behind alleged…

Helpline launched to assist women on legal rights

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Human Rights has launched a help line – 1099 – to assist women about the religious and legal protection and right to inheritance. Muhammad Khawaja, an official of the ministry said that Federal Minister Dr Shireen Mazari was committed to providing women equal rights in federal and at provincial levels, this help line would further guide the woman about their share in property according to Islamic law and country’s law. He said that the protection of women’s right to inheritance has been one…

Women candidates face ‘small-scale war’ in Afghan election

KABUL: More female candidates than ever are set to contest Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary election, braving violence and opposition from social conservatives in a campaign seen as a test of the war-torn nation’s democratic institutions. “Elections in my country are not just about victory or defeat,” said Dewa Niazai, a 26 year-old candidate from the eastern province of Nangarhar, who holds a degree in computer science from India. “It is about launching a small-scale war. I can get killed, injured or abducted.”…

Govt to launch campaign to provide women legal aid about inheritance: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Friday said the government would soon launch a campaign to provide women free legal aid regarding inheritance. "We have already started awareness drive regarding the women’s right to inheritance and launching another drive to provide free legal aid soon," she said while talking to Swedish Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law Annika Ben David and Ambassador of Sweden Ingrid Johansson who called on her here in Islamabad. Shireen Mazari,…

Who runs the (economic) world? It might soon be women

Who runs the world? It might soon be women as a crop of female economists join IMF chief Christine Lagarde in top positions at major financial bodies. As the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meet this week in Bali, Lagarde no longer cuts quite the same lone figure she once did, now flanked by growing numbers of female finance ministers and economists. The IMF has just named Gita Gopinath to replace its outgoing chief economist Maurice Obstfeld, making her the first woman to hold the post. Gopinath, 46, a…