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Muslim Girl From UK Rejects Arranged Marriage; Killed

January 11, 2008

By Nick Britten
The Telegraph (UK)
January 11, 2008

A coroner this morning returned a verdict of unlawful killing on a Muslim teenager who vanished from home after refusing an arranged marriage, saying she was the victim of a “very vile” murder.

Ian Smith, East and South Cumbria coroner, said the way Shafilea Ahmed’s body had been hidden in a riverbank miles from home convinced him she was murdered, and said she probably died shortly after going missing.

After the verdict Cheshire Police vowed to continue investigating the death of the “beautiful and vulnerable young girl” until the killer or killers had been brought to justice.

Miss Ahmed, 17, disappeared four months after being taken to Pakistan by her parents to meet a potential husband. She refused to go ahead with the ceremony and even drank bleach in protest.

Her inquest heard she regularly suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her parents and was terrified about being forced into marriage.

The inquest heard that early in 2003 she ran away from home, only to be coaxed back on the promise she would not be taken to Pakistan. However, that trip went ahead and she was introduced to a suitor, but refused to go ahead with any wedding.

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300 minor girls raped in Pakistan in 2006

August 23, 2007

Thursday August 23, 2007

Lahore, Pakistan: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said that 420 women, including 185 minors, were reportedly raped and 424 women, including 115 minors, were reportedly gang-raped during 2006 in the country.

The War Against Rape (WAR) coordinator Sidra Humayun gave these figures on the second day of a training workshop for female medico-legal officers.

The workshop was organised by German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in collaboration with WAR.

Doctors and NGOs participated in the workshop and shared the details of gang rapes and medico-legal facilities in Pakistan.

The WAR distributed copies of Injured Persons (Medical Aid) Act, 2004 among participants, the Daily Times reported.

Dr Zanib Parveen discussed medical protocols and procedures for examining a survivor of rape or sexual assault, and Dr Akmal Shaheen conducted the first regular session on laws relating to sexual violence and the measures required before a medical examination.

Barrister Haider Mirza was the legal resource person for the session.

Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore’s emergency medicine head facilitated a session titled ‘rape kit: an international perspective’, which was aimed at introducing the rape kit to participating doctors so that they could use it in practice in near future while examining medico-legal crimes.

GTZ is part of the Women’s Protection Project initiated by the Punjab Government’s Social Welfare and Women’s Development Department.

French Man Arrested For Child Abuse in Thailand

August 9, 2007

BANGKOK, Aug 9, 2007 (AFP) – A French tourist has been arrested for sexually abusing an underage boy in Thailand’s popular seaside town of Pattaya, police said Thursday.
    
The 56-year-old was nabbed late Wednesday at his apartment in the town, 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast of Bangkok, police said, adding he was with a 14-year-old Thai boy at the time.
    
Police declined to give details about his arrest, but said the suspect, a frequent visitor to Thailand, had confessed to having sex with the boy. The man arrived in Thailand Tuesday, according to immigration authorities.