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In a decision that is likely to land a serious blow to the hopes of a large number of women fighting cases of domestic and sexual violence in Afghanistan, an Appellate Court ordered the release of three members of a family who had been convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a lower court for torturing and attempting to murder child bride Sahar Gul, married into the family at the age of 14. Her husband has not been arrested by the police and is still at large.

Sahar was confined, starved and tortured in the most horrifying manner by her in-laws, after being forced into prostitution. The lower court sentenced the in-laws to 10 years before they were released by the appellate court. Sahar is now planning to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.

Human rights activist Mohammed Ali Danish from Afghanistan has meticulously translated a piece on the life of Sahar Gul that came in BBC Persian. You can access the translated report here.

Afghan appellate court releases in-laws of child bride, after they had been convicted by lower court for torturing her

In a decision that is likely to land a serious blow to the hopes of a large number of women fighting cases of domestic and sexual violence in Afghanistan, an Appellate Court ordered the release of three members of a family who had been convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment by a lower court […]

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Two women arrested in Bangladesh for marrying each other

Police in Dhaka have arrested two women for marrying each other. They are now faced with the prospect of life imprisonment, apart from threats to their lives from the religious conservative section of Bangaldesh. With this, Bangladesh has violated its solemn commitment to the UNHRC during last year’s UPR to protect the rights of the […]

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Woman! Adjust!?!

About fifteen years ago, when a colleague joined my office, she was aghast with what she heard in the Court on the very first day of work. It was a matrimonial case and the Judge simply was forcing the wife to go back to her husband although she was completely unwilling. It was brought to […]

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Is the UPR achieving (what it demanded/expected) for women on sexuality issues in India?

This article appeared in the “Sexuality Policy Watch Newsletter”. Click to read: Is the UPR achieving (what it demanded/expected) for women on sexuality issues in India? By Madhu Mehra, Director of Partners for Law in Development

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai: uniting the struggle for peace and education with struggle against imperialism and cultural relativism. A struggle to make the indivisibility of rights under CEDAW a reality in Swat. The following article is by Derrick O’Keefe, co-writer of Afghan MP Malalai Joya’s political memoir, A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her […]

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