In a report released on March 28, the New-York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that, 10 years after the fall of the Taliban, women are still being imprisoned for running away from domestic violence or for having sex outside of marriage.
@GandharaRFE: Leaders of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province complain that young girls in the area are being abducted and then forced to convert to Islam and married off to Muslim men…[read more]
@AzadiRadio: In Afghanistan ambiguously defined “moral crimes” or “bad character” can mean jail sentences for women. Radio Azadi’s Sayedjan Sabawoon visited Kabul’s only detention facility for women and spoke to the inmates about the charges that brought them there.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has backed a statement from the country’s top religious body calling for stronger restrictions on women’s freedoms.
Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission claims the council’s statement — which, among other things, OK’s men’s right to commit violence against women in cases where there is a “Shari’a-compliant reason” — is an injustice that tramples on the dignity of all Afghan women…[READ MORE]
The move was criticized by journalists and characterized by some as an effort by the Afghan authorities to placate the Taliban amid reported peace negotiations involving Afghan and U.S. officials with the Islamist group.
Nasrin, a newscaster at Kabul’s Ariana Television Network, told @RadioAzadi that female presenters already faced a lot of family and societal pressure because of their high-profile jobs…[READ MORE]
Caption: An Afghan man watches an Indian soap opera at his TV shop in Kabul. The Afghan culture minister said that female newsreaders should appear different from actresses in movies and soap operas.
The directive, issued on December 18, is a list of “don’ts” that includes no close-fitting T-shirts, tight trousers, short skirts, and sandals, as well as no ostentatious or glittery clothing in general…[READ MORE]
With marriage on his mind, a man in his twenties chooses a young woman and arranges her kidnapping. He then seizes the woman in the streets, and takes her to his home, where she is pressured to consent to the marriage by the man’s family…[READ MORE]
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Pakistani regional assembly has passed a law making it illegal for parents not to extend property rights to female family members, RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal reports.
The bill was presented in the assembly in the northwestern region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by deputy Noor Sahar and was unanimously passed on January 5.
Under Islamic Shari’a law a daughter should receive half as much property from her parents as her brother would receive (two sisters’ shares put together would equal that given to a brother). This is the standard the province’s government expects its citizens to follow…[READ MORE]