Women in Pakistan: Disadvantaged and denied their human rights

Index Number: ASA 33/023/1995

Women in Pakistan suffer widespread human rights violations in a society where women are disadvantged in many areas. Torture, including rape in custody by police officers, is widespread but few officers have been prosecuted for this offence. The Zina Ordinance which punishes sexual offences may be used against the actual victim of rape and hundreds of women are imprisoned under it. Cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments such as stoning and flogging are used against women and girls. The government of Pakistan has taken some measures to improve the situation for women but abuses of womens’ human rights continue with the use of the tribal system of retribution, village councils and bonded labour to punish women. AI makes a series of recommmendations to the Government of Pakistan to improve womens’ rights.

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