Since 1955, Hindus have been demanding legislation to allow them to legally register their marriages in Pakistan. However, even today Hindus in Pakistan still can’t claim their constitutional rights to do so. The passing of the Hindu Marriage Bill is extremely important for the Pakistani Hindu community as it will relieve them from the terrible socio-economic, political and domestic marginalisation they face on a daily basis. Aside from being important for the Hindu community, the passing of the Bill is vital for the country if Pakistan aspires to be a true democracy.
The pattern of abductions, forced conversions and marriages of young children in Pakistan often gets lost under the general “forced marriages” label, yet has a distinctively different nature to it. Despite the presence of several protective laws, many girls fall victim to this horrible practice, suffer from unjustifiably prolonged legal process that is more often that not likely to end in defeat. Read more to find out about the stories of the victims and understand the obstacles they face in their fight for freedom.
In the first 3 months of 2015 alone, Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) has monitored 10 attacks on religious places of minorities around the country. As if this wasn't enough, religious minorities in Pakistan have to also deal with land grabbing, desecration and the constant threat of being accused of blasphemy.
Update #SaveKajal: March 3rd, 2015: Kajal Bheel is once again denied a fair legal process and any meaningful justice as a result. Kajal’s hearing was again cancelled due to the inefficient scheduling of court proceedings. This was the 9th hearing of Kajal’s case, to date, there is no verdict on the case. Meanwhile, Kajal still remains with her abductor, and it has now been 133 days. A new date for the next hearing has yet to be announced.
Today Justice Sijad Hussian Shah rendered a verdict in the case of Anjali Meghwar, who was abducted and forcefully married in October 2014. The 12-year old girl has been handed over to her abductor, who she was forced to marry within a matter of hours after her abduction. During the court hearing, when asked by the judge, the girl nodded in agreement with her intention to stay with the man she was married to in October.