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    Minor maid tortured to death in Rawalpindi by employers for letting parrots free

    An eight-year-old domestic labourer was tortured to death in Rawalpindi by her employers after she accidentally freed two expensive parrots, local media reported on Wednesday.

    According to reports, the eight-year-old, who hailed from Muzaffargarh, was hired to look after the child of a man identified as Hassan Siddiqui who worked in buying and selling birds and property.

    Police officials told The Independent, Siddiqui confessed that he and his wife beat up the girl, who was working for them as a maid, in a fit of rage.

    “[The] maid was cleaning the cage when she inadvertently let the two parrots free,” a spokesperson said. “Hassan and his wife got infuriated and brutally beat the maid.”

    The publication further said the girl was brought to a private hospital on May 31 in an unconscious state and was kept on a ventilator in the ICU but died the next day.

    Siddiqui, who had brought the girl to the hospital, had disappeared. However, he was later arrested along with his wife, according to a police report.

    The hospital in its medical report said the minor had, “torture marks on her cheek, ribs and thighs.” Her body bore older bruises that had still not fully healed. The report also added that she had injury marks in areas suggesting possible rape.

    Incidents of domestic help being tortured are not new in Pakistan. Last year, the battered body of 16-year-old domestic worker Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer had been charged with murder. In 2017 a famous TV presenter was charged with forcefully detaining her teenage maid.

    On December 29, 2016, Tayyaba, a 10-year-old domestic help, was recovered from the house of a judge after receiving complaints of torture from neighbours. The issue sparked outrage on social media and led to calls for strict and swift justice.

    An inquiry report by the police had found that the judge's wife was responsible for torturing the child maid, and the judge of indirect criminal negligence.

    Later, on January 3, 2017, Tayyaba's parents reached a compromise and forgave the accused. However, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, took suo motu notice of the compromise agreement and ordered the IHC to conduct a trial of the case.

    Following the incident, the IHC suspended the judge and made him an officer on special duty (OSD).

    IHC Justice Aamer Farooq ruled that the suspended Additional District and Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar would serve a year each in prison for torturing the child maid under Section 328-A (cruelty to a child).

    On January 11, 2018, IHC increased the sentence of the judge and his wife taking their total jail term to three years.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/291205-min...g-parrots-free


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    Truly a sad incident.

    This really shouldn't happen.


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    so sad

    I guess these are the reasons why the Almighty is not happy with our land hence we face so many troubles.

    Injustice at its extreme!

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    So they possibly raped her (a child) before
    They previously totured her brutally
    If that wasn't enough they tortured her to death

    Definitely some mental issues

    Imagine if the kid didn't die still the mental trauma would have been devastating for her

    So many minor maids and adults too are going through this right know just sad!! 😭😭

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    I have no words to describe how wrong this is.

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    ISLAMABAD: Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari on Wednesday reiterated her resolve to declare domestic child labour hazardous under the Employment of Children Act 1991.

    “In the absence of a proper law to protect domestic labour, this is the quickest way to protect children,” Dr Mazari told Dawn.

    She was talking in reference to the murder of an eight-year-old domestic child labour. She was beaten to death by her employer for setting pet parrots free from their cage.

    The Employment of Children’s Act 1991 prohibits employing children under 14 years of age in unsafe and hazardous environments such as factories, carpet industries and mines.

    Dr Mazari has been asking the local administration, the minister of interior and the Ministry of Labour to make a proper law to protect domestic labour, including domestic child labour.

    Says this is quickest way to protect children

    In a tweet, Dr Mazari said her ministry was in touch with the police.

    “Our lawyer is following the case. The husband and wife are on a four-day remand. MoHR proposed amendment to add domestic labour as a hazardous occupation in Schedule 1 of Employment of Children Act 1991,” she tweeted.

    She also said a first information report (FIR) had been registered against the accused. She lamented that abuse of domestic child labourers is becoming so widespread.

    “Just minutes ago we received another video of a seven-year-old domestic child worker screaming for help. Police have already reached the address in Bahria Town to rescue her. The girl will be taken to a women’s shelter,” Dr Mazari told Dawn.

    The quickest way to protect children is by declaring domestic labourers hazardous for them. “The biggest problem is that there is no law protecting domestic labour, including rights of children,” she said as she emphasised putting a stop to employing underage children.

    A bill concerning domestic labour drafted by the Ministry of Human Rights is lying with the Ministry of Law, she said.

    Secretary Ministry of Human Rights Rabiya Javeri Agha stressed adding one more industry - domestic child labour - to Employment of Children Act 1991 which is not a complicated thing to do. “That will outlaw domestic child labour,” she said,

    Emphasising changing the culture of abuse, Ms Agha said Pakistan is signatory to Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) in which the definition of child is under 16, and Pakistan is legally bound to follow it.

    “However, the constitution only restricts child labour till the age of 14 years. The first thing we must do is revisit the definition of a child in the Constitution of Pakistan to fix this discrepancy through legal intervention,” she said, adding parliament must support it.

    According to an official, the Ministry of Human Rights will take up the matter again with the prime minister to declare domestic child labour a hazardous occupation under the Employment of Children Act 1991 as immediate measure to protect children.

    “Children have heavily been engaged in homes for domestic work. This is the mindset we have to deal with and change it. It could be a while before a proper law is made to protect the interests of the domestic workforce. An amendment in the existing Act 1991 is the immediate solution,” he said.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1561210/mi...bour-hazardous


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    Obviously the parrots are worth more than the life of fellow human being.

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    Pakistani stars speak out against child labour after minor maid gets beaten to death


    Pakistani stars stepped forth demanding justice for a minor maid who was beaten to death by her employers in Rawalpindi on Wedneday.

    The who’s who of Pakistan’s entertainment industry, including Mahira Khan, Armeena Khan, Osman Khalid Butt, Shaniera Akram and many others expressed their fury over the minor domestic worker named Zohra Shah getting beaten to death by her employers.

    The Humsafar star retweeting a post about the child, wrote: “The demons walk freely among us.”

    Shaniera Akram, wife of cricket legend Wasim Akram also raised her voice for the minor, while condemning those in Pakistan who fuel the issue of child labour by employing girls under the age of 14 as house help.

    Armeena Khan shared a powerful image of a girl releasing a bird from a cage and added the hashtag #JusticeForZohra.

    Osman Khalid Butt who is known to be vocal against injustices in society, seemed to be at a loss of words over the incident.

    Singer Muniba Mazari also shared a heartbreaking post on Instagram that read: “He killed ZOHRA for releasing the birds from the cage. May be it was mistake or may be all she wanted was to set the birds free. And she was just 8 years old. Let that sink in.”

    The eight-year-old domestic labourer was tortured to death in Rawalpindi by her employers after she accidentally freed two expensive parrots, local media reported on Wednesday.

    According to reports, Zohra who hailed from Muzaffargarh, was hired to look after the child of a man identified as Hassan Siddiqui who worked in buying and selling birds and property.

    Police officials told The Independent, Siddiqui confessed that he and his wife beat up the girl, who was working for them as a maid, in a fit of rage.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/291284-pak...eaten-to-death


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    A Pakistani couple have been arrested for allegedly murdering their seven-year-old maid after she was blamed for letting a pet bird escape, police said, the latest case of violence against child domestic workers in the country.

    Hassan Siddiqui and his wife employed Zohra Bibi at their home in a middle-class suburb of Rawalpindi, near the capital, Islamabad, to care for their son of the same age.

    "The poor girl was subjected to torture by Siddiqui and his wife who accused her of freeing one of the four pet Macao parrots," investigating officer Mukhtar Ahmad told AFP news agency on Thursday.

    "Siddiqui kicked her in the lower abdomen which proved fatal."

    Some 8.5 million people - including many children - are employed as domestic workers in Pakistan, according to the International Labour Organization.

    Theoretically, it is illegal to employ anyone below the age of 15, but it remains a common practice.

    Bibi was taken to hospital by the couple on Sunday, but she died the following day. The incident was reported to the police by staff at the hospital.

    The young girl's body was handed over to her parents, who live in Muzaffargarh, near the city of Multan, more than 500km (300 miles) away from where she was working.

    Shireen Mazari, federal human rights minister, confirmed the arrests in a tweet and said the ministry was in touch with police.

    "Violence and physical torture against children will not be tolerated and all those involved in such incidents will be dealt with," city police chief Muhammad Ahsan Younus added.

    Domestic workers frequently face exploitation, violence and sexual abuse, with Pakistan's patriarchal and rigid social-class structure leaving them without a voice.

    Children are particularly vulnerable, and Bibi's case is the latest in a growing number of incidents involving minors.

    In December 2018, the rising number of abuse cases led the provincial legislature in Punjab to set regulations for the employment of domestic workers, which theoretically grants them rights such as sick leave and holidays.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...122958848.html


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    Hamg the culprits yes its a murder the divide between the rich and the poor


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    This is so typical in Pakistan - in my young days in Pakistan, people would boast about how they badly would treat their servants, like it was a badge of honour!


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    Murdered minor torture was filmed by employers

    A minor house helper, who had been beaten to death, was frequently tortured and the incidents were recorded on video, police said on Thursday.

    Officials, who had obtained a four-day physical remand of the suspects as they probe the case, said on Thursday that they have managed to obtain access to the cellular devices of Hasan Siddiqui and his wife Umme Kulsoom.

    They added that they recovered some videos from the devices which showed the minor, Zahra bibi, being tortured.
    Officers added that among the videos, they also found an image which shows the minor domestic worker, who had been hired as a caretaker for the couple’s infant, locked up in a large birdcage, allegedly as a punishment.

    A police officer, who is part of the investigation team, told The Express Tribune that the couple used to assault the child frequently before the incident surfaced.

    He added that they have recovered multiple videos in which the victim could be seen being tortured.

    When asked if the videos were recorded by the couple, the officer said that so far they have not obtained any evidence which proves that the couple had filmed the obscene videos. However, he said that they are still scouring the data obtained from the cellphones and there is a chance they could come across data which could be important for the case.

    Moreover, the officer said that the victim’s father and the couple had an agreement for her services. Per the agreement, a sum of Rs80,000 had been paid to the Zohra’s father against her services for eight months. Further, both parties had agreed that if the victim serves for longer, her family will be entitled to an additional payment.

    The officer added that Siddiqui used to breed birds for a living apart from dealing in property to earn his livelihood.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2235806...med-employers/


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    Child maid killed over parrot release laid to rest

    An eight-year-old girl who was killed by her employers in Rawalpindi for letting their pet parrots escape, was laid to rest in Kalar Wali, a suburban area of the city on Friday.

    Last week on Sunday, the victim named Zohra, daughter of Tahir Shah, opened a parrot cage to feed the birds but one of macaw parrots flew away. As a punishment, Zohra’s employers, who run a business buying and selling animals, beat her unconscious before abandoning her at a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on Monday.

    Police arrested employer Hassan Siddiqi and his wife for torturing the maid to death. It is illegal to employ anyone under the age of 15, however, it remains a common practice in the city. Meanwhile, a young man’s both hands were cut after being trapped in an electric grass cutter.

    Rescue 1122 informed that Muhammad Saleem, 25, was mowing grass at Rangpur Road near Chungi when all of a sudden both his hands were trapped in thecutter. Resultantly, his hands got cut. Rescue 1122 officials said that on being altered, the team reached the spot and after giving first aid to the injured, they shifted him to DHQ hospital.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2236432...ase-laid-rest/


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    Vile, disgusting people.

    So sad and shameful really.



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    RAWALPINDI: The family of the couple accused of murdering their eight-year-old maid has offered her parents a patch-up, it has been learnt.

    Syed Fazal Hussain Shah, the grandfather of the minor girl, told Dawn on telephone that efforts had been made by the family members of the couple for a patch-up which was turned down.

    “We only want justice,” he said.

    Mr Fazal denied that the parents of the girl had sent their daughter to Rawalpindi after taking some payment from the couple.

    “The parents were only assured that their daughter will go to school and would be cared well by the couple who had been blessed with a newborn baby.”

    No salary was demanded or anything else except the girl’s parents had been assured that their daughter would get better education and would be brought up in a better environment in the city, he said.

    “Since the girl was taken to Rawalpindi four months ago, she was allowed to talk to her parents only twice or thrice. She had a last telephonic conversation with her mother three days before Eidul Fitr but didn’t complain to her mother about anything apparently due to the fear of the couple.”

    However, Mr Shah said the parents of the victim were assured that she would be allowed to go to her native town on Eidul Azha.

    The girl, who had three brothers and two sisters, had not yet started her schooling due to poverty and was attending a madressah in her hometown of Lal Chandra in Muzaffargarh.

    Meanwhile, police have also recovered some video clips from the mobile phones of the couple showing the girl being tortured and put in a cage, said a senior police official.

    On the other hand, the police have decided to conduct DNA testing of the accused man to verify any sexual assault on the girl as the police had already added a section of the law covering rape charges. The couple was remanded on four-day police custody by a local court which was further extended for three days on Saturday.

    Initially, the police had registered an FIR on the charge of attempted murder but after the girl’s death a murder charge was added to the case against the couple.

    A police investigating officer told Dawn that the couple had confessed to beating the girl which claimed her life but denied that she was subjected to sexual assault.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1562121/co...p-with-parents


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    RAWALPINDI: The family of the couple accused of murdering their eight-year-old maid has offered her parents a patch-up, it has been learnt.

    Syed Fazal Hussain Shah, the grandfather of the minor girl, told Dawn on telephone that efforts had been made by the family members of the couple for a patch-up which was turned down.

    “We only want justice,” he said.

    Mr Fazal denied that the parents of the girl had sent their daughter to Rawalpindi after taking some payment from the couple.

    “The parents were only assured that their daughter will go to school and would be cared well by the couple who had been blessed with a newborn baby.”

    No salary was demanded or anything else except the girl’s parents had been assured that their daughter would get better education and would be brought up in a better environment in the city, he said.

    “Since the girl was taken to Rawalpindi four months ago, she was allowed to talk to her parents only twice or thrice. She had a last telephonic conversation with her mother three days before Eidul Fitr but didn’t complain to her mother about anything apparently due to the fear of the couple.”

    However, Mr Shah said the parents of the victim were assured that she would be allowed to go to her native town on Eidul Azha.

    The girl, who had three brothers and two sisters, had not yet started her schooling due to poverty and was attending a madressah in her hometown of Lal Chandra in Muzaffargarh.

    Meanwhile, police have also recovered some video clips from the mobile phones of the couple showing the girl being tortured and put in a cage, said a senior police official.

    On the other hand, the police have decided to conduct DNA testing of the accused man to verify any sexual assault on the girl as the police had already added a section of the law covering rape charges. The couple was remanded on four-day police custody by a local court which was further extended for three days on Saturday.

    Initially, the police had registered an FIR on the charge of attempted murder but after the girl’s death a murder charge was added to the case against the couple.

    A police investigating officer told Dawn that the couple had confessed to beating the girl which claimed her life but denied that she was subjected to sexual assault.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1562121/co...p-with-parents
    There will be no justice, the family will accept the payoff and will state that she was well looked after and it was an accident.

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    Shameful! An 8 year old girl is working! This is a direct result of overpopulation. Parents are to blame for procreating and making the lives of their offspring miserable!!

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    Faryal Makhdoom and Amir Khan launch Zohra Shah Child Protection Fund

    After 10-year-old Zohra Shah was beaten to death by her employers for releasing a set of expensive parrots from a cage in Pakistan, the inhumane act sparked discourse on the failure of labour laws and its inability to protect children.

    At such a time, boxer Amir Khan and wife Faryal Makhdoom have stepped up to launch a child protection fund in the victim's name, who succumbed to her injuries after being tortured and allegedly sexually assaulted.

    The Zohra Shah Child Protection Fund aims to protect innocent children from human rights violations across Pakistan. Faryal took to social media to announce the news.

    "I am going to reach out to Zohra's family and do whatever I can to help them and make sure they never have to send their daughters to work again," she said. "I'm going to support their family. Such are an acts of kindness and grace to humanity," she said.

    The social media influencer also claimed she was receiving multiple messages regarding why the family sent their minor daughter to work.

    "They didn't," claimed Makhdoom. "The father has told us that he has 6 kids and he sent Zohra to Islamabad with her khala (maternal aunt) to study there. The khala then put Zohra to work where she was beaten to death."

    She also mentioned the family's living conditions were unfortunate, and that Zohra's grandfather mentioned they were offered Rs 6,000 for settlement, which was turned down.

    "My team at Amir Khan Foundation visited Zohra's parents and siblings today. We have assured them that we will get justice for Zohra, and ensured them that they will all receive a good education. We also have their word that they will not be coerced into any financial settlement from Zohra's murderers."

    "Finally, they are humbled at our child protection fund in Zohra's name, which will help thousands of children in the years to come, until we eradicate child abuse from Pakistan completely."

    https://images.dawn.com/news/1185386...rotection-fund


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    She also mentioned the family's living conditions were unfortunate, and that Zohra's grandfather mentioned they were offered Rs 6,000 for settlement, which was turned down.
    Is that what her life was worth?

    Pathetic.


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    Zahra: Pakistan couple face polygraph over child maid 'tortured to death'

    A couple in Pakistan accused of torturing their seven-year-old maid to death will be held in jail for two weeks while police arrange a polygraph.

    Hospital staff in Rawalpindi alerted police at the end of May after the couple brought the injured girl, Zahra, for treatment. She died a day later.

    It is illegal to employ anyone under 15 in Pakistan but it remains common.

    The case has prompted anger and made national headlines. The accused couple have not commented publicly.

    Pakistan's human rights minister promised to amend the laws to curb the practice of employing child workers. Critics say too little has been done to enforce laws already in place.

    Zahra's grandfather Syed Fazal Hussain Shah told the BBC that a distant relative who had been working at Siddique's house as a cook for some years got Zahra the job with the couple, about five months ago.

    "He said they will educate her, something that we couldn't afford. So we decided to send her," he said.

    How do police say Zahra died?
    According to a police report, Zahra was brought by her employer Hasan Siddique to a hospital in the upmarket Bahria Town district of Rawalpindi in a critical condition on 31 May.

    She had been bleeding profusely and had torture marks on her face, chest, arms and legs. She was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit (ICU) but died the next day.

    According to the report, the police were alerted to the case by hospital staff on the morning of 1 June, when Zahra was still alive, but unconscious.

    The hospital staff told the police that Mr Siddique had brought Zahra in at about 6:30pm on the previous day.

    He is alleged to have told the staff that Zahra was his house maid and had allowed his parrots to escape from their cage, which enraged him and his wife and they beat her up.

    Staff at the hospital say that while they were busy giving emergency aid to Zahra, Mr Siddique disappeared from the scene. They searched for him in the hospital premises but could not find him. So they contacted the police.

    Police then tracked down and arrested the couple, using a copy of the national ID card which the man who brought Zahra into hospital had used to get her admitted.

    What has the reaction been?
    Many commentators have highlighted widespread social practices that expose children to abuse, violence and death in Pakistan.

    While many social activists have called for those responsible for Zahra's death to be brought to justice, others have underlined the lack of legal protection for vulnerable children.

    Meena Gabina, a rights activist and member of the left-wing Women's Democratic Forum (WDF), questioned the practice of employing young children as house maids.

    "How do you kill a seven-year-old girl for freeing birds from a cage? How?" she tweeted.

    Nida Kirmani, who teaches at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, said employing children as domestic servants was "the worst kind of exploitation".

    In 2019, the Punjab provincial government had promulgated a law to ban employment of children below 15 years of age as domestic servants. But the law is widely flouted.

    Some commentators have focused their ire on officials, who they accuse of doing too little on this issue.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53008093


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    Something wrong with a society if an 8 year old girl is working.

    What the hell is going on.



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    So common in Pakistan to hire kids to do domestic work by the wanna be middle class who are too lazy and greedy to hire an adult to do the same job. Makes me sick everytime i have visited and seen people even within my own family hire children as young as 10 to look after their own children while they attend to weddings or go out shopping. I have always made my feelings clear to them about how repulsive it is in this day in age but until its made punishable by long prison sentences and heavy penalties or rewards issued for reporting child employment, this nation will never change its exploitive mindset and maintain it's 100 years behind the west 3rd world status.

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    Our society is rotten to the core


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    The issue of child labour needs looking at as a matter of urgency. It's a worldwide problem but not enough is being done to combat it.
    Last edited by Saj; 13th June 2020 at 16:17.



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    Probe into Zohra Shah's murder stalls

    RAWALPINDI: The probe into the alleged rape and murder of a minor domestic worker in Rawalpindi has seemingly ground to a halt with investigators still awaiting the final results of the autopsy and DNA samples nearly three weeks after the incident.

    Zohra Shah, an eight-year-old domestic worker, had been allegedly beaten to death by her employers, including Hasan Siddiqui and his wife Umme Kulsoom, for setting an expensive parrot free on June 1.


    Bleeding from the victim’s genitals had raised police suspicion that apart from being beaten, she may have allegedly been sexually assaulted as well.

    Following this, the police had included sections of rape in the first information report (FIR) that initially focused only on the murder and assault.

    The police had obtained physical remand of both suspects and currently, they are detained with their infant daughter.

    Police officials, who are aware of the investigation but are not authorised to speak to the media, told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity, that they have yet to ascertain the exact cause of death of the minor as the doctors have yet to provide them with the final post-mortem report.

    Without the reports, the police were facing immense difficulties in preparing the charge-sheet against the couple.

    After over 20 days, the investigation officer is still unsure about the exact cause of death, sources said, adding that the delays in obtaining the post-mortem report could weaken the case and it may end up favouring the detained couple.

    Further, the officials contended that the rape charges against the male employer can not be proved until they receive the DNA reports from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (FPSA) in Lahore.

    Expressing concerns over delays in the case, officials said that it heightens the possibility of a compromise or a deal between both parties as the victim’s family is quite impoverished.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/2247676...murder-stalls/


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    This is so typical in Pakistan - in my young days in Pakistan, people would boast about how they badly would treat their servants, like it was a badge of honour!
    Are you sure about that? I understand that poverty creates this situation where children have to work in other people's houses, but boasting of ill-treatment of children is hard to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napa View Post
    Are you sure about that? I understand that poverty creates this situation where children have to work in other people's houses, but boasting of ill-treatment of children is hard to believe.
    Set rakha wah hey

    Nope it's very true child, adult doesn't matter but kids get beat up more tbh because they're weak and also we beat up our own kids so there's that false messiah complex that we do it our kids know we need to do it to this kid too in order to "fix" him/her but ofcourse its way more violenant

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    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said that the Domestic Violence Bill (Protection and Prevention) will be tabled in National Assembly today [Wednesday].

    In a tweet, the minister said that the bill has been prepared by the Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) and is approved by Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC).

    "The Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2020 prepared by MOHR and approved by CCLC and Cabinet will be tabled today in NA," Mazari wrote on Twitter.

    The minister also hoped that the Senior Citizen Bill, tabled in the assembly before the pandemic restrictions, will be expedited for its early implementation.

    "Our Senior Citizens Bill has been with NA Standing Committee on HR since before the Pandemic restrictions. Hoping it is expedited soon," the tweet added.

    Also read: Domestic violence during pandemic in Pakistan: How victims can stay safe

    According to a periodical report of the Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) from January-March 2020, there has been an alarming 200% raise in cases of violence against women in Pakistan over the past three months.

    The report, according to The News, has been compiled from the data and information collected from national and provincial dailies. However, there is a strong possibility that many crimes had been committed and not reported or misreported at various locations in the country, it added.

    The report mainly covers crimes regarding early child marriage, child abuse, child labour, domestic abuse, kidnapping, rape, violence against women and murder. The report says that more than 90% of the incidents of violence took place against children and women in the past months.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/296894-shi...ed-in-na-today


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    ISLAMABAD: The Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2020, that seeks to prevent domestic abuse against women, children, the elderly and vulnerable persons, was presented in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

    As per contents of the bill, domestic abuse has been includes physically aggressive acts like hitting, kicking, slapping, and throwing objects as well as emotionally abusive acts like threats, emotional and economic abuse.

    The provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have already enacted legislation to address the issue of domestic violence at provincial levels. The Ministry of Human Rights has drafted a Bill to protect rights of those vulnerable from the abuse, at the federal level.

    The Bill aims to establish an effective system of protection, relief and rehabilitation of women, children, elders and other vulnerable persons against domestic violence in the territorial jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory. It will provide relief to victims of domestic violence who are in domestic relationship and are related to each other by consanguinity, marriage and kinship etc.

    The Bill also empowers courts to grant interim orders, protection custody and residence orders as well as award monetary relief to victims of violence at the expense of respondent. The Bill also envisages the creation of a Protection Committee to assist the aggrieved person and process his/her application in court. Ministry of Human Rights arranged number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders and also obtained No Objection Certificate from Ministry of Interior being the relevant Ministry to deal with the issues of violence.

    A final round of consultations were held with by the Ministry of Human Resources with Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology, Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar, State Minister for Interior/Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) and Faroogh Naseem, Minister for Law and Justice to finalize the Bill.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/297077-bil...resented-in-na


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