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Arzoo Raja Case Updates: Azhar Ali’s post arrest bail granted

Suzanna Joseph

After an unexpected turn of events, Learned Judge has granted post arrest bail to pedophile, Azhar Ali, on a surety bond of Rs. 500, 000. He is accused for Child Marriage & Rape under Sections 375 (5) and 365 D. Furthermore, Nikah Khawan along with other felons were also granted bail for Rs 100,000 each.

Arzoo Raja is left victimized, unprotected and vulnerable. There is more to the downside of these unjustified bails. These culprits are free and they will strike again. Because we have given them the undeserved freedom to do so.

Despite the fact that President Dr Arif Alvi approved Pakistan’s new anti-rape Ordinance just recently. In order to fast-track cases of sexual violence against women and children.The catholic community and the victim’s family are puzzled whether this ordinance protects them.

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How many more lives must be subjected to forced conversion beforeimplementation of existing laws takes place. We will not see this transformation soon enough as long as these miscreants roam about. Knowing that these culprits can secure the repeal of law harnesses pedophiles in Pakistan.

This injustice is not on a one-to-one basis since Pakistan ranks sixth on the list of the world’s most dangerous countries. According to White Ribbon Pakistan there are more than 1800 cases of domestic violence and over 5500 women abductions. As these cases spike, under the shadow of coronavirus, conviction rates remain relatively low. Only 2.5% of all reported cases are seen convicted by the courts.

In addition, the data analysis involving 162 cases of conversion of mainly Hindu and Christian minor girls from Punjab and Sindh explains the vulnerability of minority women to various gender crimes. The trends reflected in the data from 2013 to 2020 shows that no province or minority was immune to this abuse and at least 46% of the converted females were below the age of 18, while the age of 37% was not mentioned. Only 16% of females were more than 18 years. A spike was seen in 2019, Bahawalpur district topped the list in reported conversions (21), followed by Karachi and Lahore.

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