Category Archives: Pakistan

Video of Rape of Pakistani Woman By 4 Men Goes Online

1388583795_images copyIn Punjab, it is no longer enough to gang rape a girl; it is also necessary to make a video of it.

And what good is that visual record, if it is not shared with the world. The men of Pakistan await, their fingers eagerly pressing buttons and sliding over screens, goaded by insatiable appetites that crave the violation of a woman’s body.

They watch it again and again, they share it with friends. For them, there is no shame in the consumption of rape, no evil in its dissemination, no cruelty then in its continued propagation.

This is not a hypothesis, but a truth. A story reported by the BBC  reveals exactly why. Sadia (name has been changed to protect the victim’s privacy), a young girl living in a village in rural Pakistan was gang raped by a number of men.

Read the rest here. 


“One Woman’s Story of Islamic State Captivity”

79e2c011a87b297fa6755845ee4f148e0947bd06255cc0d84db5af6d65c36180_large copyWith the recent battlefield success of the Kurdish forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, some of the people held captive by this Jihadist army are now being released. This includes dozens, if not hundreds, of women who were pressed into a brutal kind of sexual slavery.

This week I visited an encampment north of Mosul, Iraq, where a cleric introduced me to Najat Owdi Rashul, an Iraqi Yazidi woman whose family was released last week after six months of Islamic State detention. She described the conditions for her fellow Yazidi women who were held in a make-shift prison at a banquet hall in Mosul. 

Of all the horrors of daily life in the custody of the jihadists, Najat recalled, the worst came in the early evenings. That’s when a commander would call out the names of a few captive women and girls, saying the list was approved by special order of the governor of Mosul, or the caliph himself.

“They would scream when their name was called,” she said. “Sometimes they would begin to pull their hair out and beat their face” to make themselves appear uglier. She said they knew they would be taken away, and would never be seen again. 

At no point in our talk did Najat mention the word “rape.” This is not unusual. Pakhshan Zangana, the secretary general of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s council on women’s affairs, told me that when these women return to their communities, most refuse to talk about their experiences. 

There are a few exceptions, and from their stories emerges a picture of life in sexual slavery. Kurdish television has run interviews with some women and girls who have described their treatment. One recent feature was about a young married Yazidi couple who, despite societal stigma in a culture that prizes honor, decided to stay together after the wife was abducted and raped repeatedly.

Read the rest of Eli Lake’s article in the Bloomberg View here.

Two Sisters Killed by Brothers in Honor Killing

condemn-Honor-killing copyTwo sisters were killed by their three brothers for ‘honour’ here on Sunday at Chak No. 181/JB.

Reports said Zulekhan and Gulzar Bibi refused to marry men of their family’s choice and wanted

to contract love marriage. The family members allegedly detained them at house and arranged their marriage.

The girls in order to avert forced marriage tried to leave the house while their brothers Muhammad Asif, Shahbaz and Arshad fired on them, killing them on the spot.

Read the rest here.

Pakistani Wife Hides from Husband Who Wants to Kill her

i9MQB_vREUoU copyOn a freezing December night, Shehla Gul is in hiding from her husband in a squat brick house in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Sitting on a bamboo cot wearing a head-to-toe hijab, only her eyes are visible, and they stare at the floor.

Gul has barely been outdoors since escaping through the back door of her family’s house three months earlier, when her husband and three men tried to kill her with a pistol, says her brother,

Ghulam Murtaza Chachar. Her spouse, Faiz Muhammad, accused her of having an affair, an offense that as many as 40 percent of Pakistanis believe would entitle him to execute her.

“My husband is still looking for me to kill me,” says Gul, who covers her face whenever she leaves the house in Ghotki district, about 540 kilometers (336 miles) northeast of Karachi. “Who can run away from this menace?”

Read the rest here.

Pakistani Christian Women Beaten Trying to Prevent a Rape

pakistan-christians copyTwo Christian women were aggressively beaten by a Pakistani Muslim man in the country’s capital of Lahore after the women prevented the attacker from abducting the daughter of one of the women.

Nusrat Bibi and her sister Rani Bibi, along with their two daughters, were walking home from the local factory on an early December evening when a Muslim man approached the women and began molesting Nusrat’s daughter.

The report states that the daughter, whose age was not identified, was initially able to defend herself and make the attacker stop. However, the attacker, who has been identified as a Muslim named Khawar Khokhar, became enraged and began beating the girl with his cricket bat. He then grabbed her by the hand and warned the mother and aunt not to intervene as he attempted forcibly taking the daughter away, presumably to sexually abuse her.

Read the rest here.


Muslim Man Kills Niece for Listening to Music

A teenage Pakistani girl has been shot dead by her uncle following a row over loud music, police said Tuesday.

“The girl Rehana Bibi was alone at her home and was listening to music when her uncle Muhammad Gulistan… came to her house and asked to lower the volume,” Sadat Ali, an official on duty at Kallar Kahar police station, told AFP.

“On her refusal, they quarrelled and Gulistan shot her dead,” said Ali, adding that Bibi was aged about 17. [snip]

In Pakistan’s highly patriarchal and often violent society, women are frequently killed over minor issues or so-called matters of “honor”.

Read the rest here.

Whether or not the music was too loud, in orthodox Islam, music is forbidden or ‘haram.’ See here and here.


Muslim Brothers Accuse Mother and Sisters of Adultery and Kill Them



Two Pakistani brothers were arrested Tuesday for killing their mother and two teenage step-sisters after accusing them of adultery, police said.

The brothers, in their early thirties, were detained after their father reported the incident in the eastern city of Lahore.

“Shaban Ahmed, father of the accused, reported the incident to the police saying his sons have killed his wife, Sughra 50 years old, and his daughters Muqadas, 18, and Amina, 16,” local police official Mohammad Ayub told AFP.

Last year 869 women died in so-called “honor killings” according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

The statistics highlight the violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens.

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Pakistani Cleric Says Muslim Women Can’t Object to Polygamy

Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani has said a Muslim woman cannot object to the second or subsequent marriages of her husband. Presiding over a meeting of the council here on Tuesday, he said a woman could not demand divorce if her husband married a second, third or fourth time.

He said Islam had given the women the right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so.

The council discussed the relevant section of the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, and observed that it was against Sharia.

Read the rest here.

According to the Koran, Sura 4, verse 3, a man can marry up to four wives.

But he must treat them equally!

12 Year Old Christian Girl Raped by Muslims in Pakistan

christians-in-pakistan-gender-based-violence copyThe minority Christian community in Pakistan is said to be outraged following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore by two Muslim men. Christian advocates have said Muslims often use sexual violence as a means of controlling the Christian population, especially women and girls.

“In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. Rarely rapists are punished,” Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill told Fides News Agency.

“Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault. Many girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance,” Gill added.

The girl, who worked along with her three sisters as a maid in the homes of middle class Muslim families, was reportedly raped earlier this month. She had been returning home from work with her older sister when she was kidnapped by two Muslim men and three women, who forced her inside a school and carried out the attack. The men have been identified as Ashraf Alias Achi and Ghaffor Alias Paida.

Read the rest here.

More on the rape of Christian women and girls by Muslims in Iraq from Iraqi refugees in France here.

Five Pakistani Men Indicted for Honor Killing

Pakistani protest against honor killingsFive men have been indicted in connection with the death of Farzana Parveen a 25-year-old pregnant woman, who was killed by relatives in Pakistan. As reported by Glamour, Parveen was stoned to death by approximately 20 relatives in the city of Lahore.

As noted in the report, the case gained widespread media attention in part due to the killing taking place in a public sphere in front of onlookers.

Parveen’s father and four others were indicted by a Pakistani court for her death.

Read the rest: Five Men in Pakistan Indicted for Honor Killing.