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PETITION: Pakistan: Save Kajal Bheel, whose childhood was stolen: abducted, forcefully converted and married off at the age of 12

On October 21 Kajal Bheel, a 12-year old Hindu girl from Sindh, Pakistan, was abducted, forcefully converted and married to one of her abductors. With the police refusing to start an investigation, insisting that there is no case to solve, and the court neglecting the birth certificate as the proof of age, Kajal faced a humiliating medical examination to prove she is a child. Even so, with the medical results proving she is 17, the court has chosen to apply Sharia Law, according to which a girl becomes a women when she hits puberty. Kajal’s family remains to prove that Kajal is a minor according to Hindu Family Law during the next hearing on December 4th. For the time being, Kajal has not been allowed to stay with her family, but rather taken by her abductor, where she suffers constant psychological abuse. Kajal Bheel is a prisoner of the system, which is supposed to protect little girls like her, but is instead robbing her of her childhood. Help us save Kajal and bring her back to her parents!


Kidnapped And Forcefully Converted To Islam: Pakistan’s Systematic Practice Of Forced Marriages

Global Human Right Defence’s (GHRD) partners in Pakistan confirm that numerous cases of abductions, and forced conversions coupled with forced marriages have been recorded in Sindh. However, the majority of the cases are not being addresses in any way due to improper or lacking minority representation in the province. With no due process and legal integrity, abducted underage girls are sold into sexual slavery and prostitution, says Zohra Yusuf, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).


LGBT Rights are Human Rights: An Interview with Boys of Bangladesh

The Government of Bangladesh has taken a negative stance on the recommendations of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), to protect and fulfill the rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) and provide comprehensive sexuality education to young people. GHRD discussed the Government's disappointing stance on ICPD with Boys of Bangladesh, largest network of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men, and talked about future steps to be taken for substantial change in attitudes towards LGBT people and right to comprehensive sexual education in Bangladesh.



2013 Human Rights Report - Pakistan


2013 Human Rights Report - Pakistan shows the state of human rights for religious minorities in Pakistan during 2013. This report is based on fact findign missions and extensive research done by GHRD staff and local human rights defenders.


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