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Rape In A Time Of Social Media

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On 14th May, several newspapers reported the gang-rape of a young college girl. Such stories are not uncommon in Pakistan, but what slowly unfolded over the days was more than just a gang-rape. These men were part of a gang that had sexually assaulted other college girls, and then videotaped the incident to blackmail them. [...]

Youth participants pose with their mentors at the December 2010 launch of Through the Gender Lens, a handbook to help combat violence against women.

Agents of Change: Youth Tackle Gender-based Violence

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This article was originally published on the Newsline blog on January 6, 2011 Youth participants pose with their mentors at the December 2010 launch of Through the Gender Lens, a handbook to help combat violence against women.   Through the Gender Lens, a handbook – and also the culmination of a yearlong collaborative effort between [...]

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Prejudice and Stupidity on Full Display After Rape Verdict

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This article was originally published on Newsline’s blog on April 21, 2011 Everyone knows of the Mukhtaran Mai rape case. Not just in Pakistan but around the world too people have discussed the infamous case and been appalled at the treatment of the victim at home. Remember former President-General Musharraf’s comments on rape? Many believe those comments [...]

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Interview: Dr Fouzia Saeed, National Implementation Watch Committee

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This interview was originally published in Newsline’s March 2011 issue “We are making sure the law is institutionalised” – Dr Fouzia Saeed, Chairperson, National Implementation Watch Committee and AASHA (Alliance Against Sexual Harassment) Q: The journey for a policy and legal framework against Sexual Harassment started way back in 2001 – and it took up [...]

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The New Face of Activism in the Information Age

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This article was originally published on Newsline’s blog on December 9, 2010 Participants at the TBTT! session at T2F on December 2, 2010. Photo: Zaheer Kidvai T2F played host to an interactive session with Take Back The Tech! activists and campaigners on December 2. The session began with an introduction to TBTT by Jehan Ara, [...]

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Fight to the Finish

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  This article was originally published in Newsline’s March 2010 issue The Women’s Protection Act 2006 was, undoubtedly, a step in the right direction in that rape was finally separated from zina and became an offence punishable under the Pakistan Penal Code instead of the Hudood Ordinance. Further, it stopped unproven cases of rape from being converted [...]

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Interview: Hamza Lubano, father of Naseema, a gang rape survivor

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http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2010/03/interview-hamza-lubano/ 29.3.2010 “We are living like immigrants here” – Hamza Lubano, father of rape survivor “We can never go back. Only two of the offenders have been punished while the others, those who beat her, who abducted her, dragged her, who broke her spinal cord, have been allowed to return home. Those who have been [...]

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The Legal Trauma of Rape

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This article was originally published in Newsline’s March 2010 as a box in article Fight to the Finish Each year, WAR targets to take 20 cases of rape to court. This number never exceeds 15, and even fewer get justice. Since the merit of the case is determined by the charge that is framed, the [...]