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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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Domestic Violence Act passed by Sindh Assembly in Pakistan

The Sindh Assembly unanimously adopted the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2013. The passage of this Act came after 5 years of struggle by the Aurat Foundation, in collaboration with activists, jurists, lawyers and women legislators. The Act defines domestic violence as inclusive of but not limited to, all acts of gender-based, and other physical or […]

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Marriage equality is in the air as France, New Zealand, Uruguay and 3 states in United States say yes!

April of 2013 had turned out to be a great month for marriage equality, with three countries, France, New Zealand, and Uruguay legalising same sex marriages; in addition to three states in United State of America adopting marriage equality.   New Zealand– New Zealand parliament extended civil union rights to its gay citizens by amending 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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