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Murder highlights women’s plight in Pakistan

By Aamir Latif


Murder highlights women’s plight in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AA) – The murder of a young woman in northeastern Pakistan has again raised questions about the attitude of the police and courts to violence against women.

Allah Ditta claimed that when he reported his 20-year-old daughter Muzamillah’s kidnapping on Thursday officers took no action. On Friday morning her bruised body was found hanging from a roadside tree. An autopsy found she had been raped and strangled.

Muzamillah was snatched in the remote Layyah district of Punjab province, 450km from Islamabad. Her abductors stole cash and jewelry from her family home before fleeing.

Dr. Farzana Bari, an Islamabad-based woman rights activist, said the government had failed to control violence against women. “It seems if there is no law to contain violence against women in the country,” she said.

Women’s rights organizations often criticize the government for failing to address violence against women.

There was an international outcry last month when three-month pregnant Farzana Parveen was beaten to death by her family just meters from Lahore High Court.


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