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Afghan Women Asked Where Is My Name on National Identification Cards

New Age Islam News Bureau

03 September 2020

 • Women Business Owners In The UAE Innovate To Stay On The Road To Recovery

• How Gender Equality Can Build A Prosperous Somalia

• Muslim Woman Sues County After Being Forced to Remove Hijab Inside Michigan Jail

• Women's Rights A Key Issue During Peace Talks with Taliban

• Israeli And Emirati Women to Lead 'Peace Starts From Within' Conference

• European Parliament Asks Pakistan To Protect Women And Girls From Discrimination And Violence

• Prime Minister Imran Khan Orders Release of Women in Jail on Flimsy Grounds

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



 Afghan Women Asked Where Is My Name on National Identification Cards

By Mujib Mashal and Najim Rahim

Sept. 2, 2020


Afghan govt cabinet committee gives nod to inclusion of mother's name on national ID cards


KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan citizens will soon have their mothers’ names printed along with their fathers on their national identification cards, the government said on Tuesday, after years of campaigning by activists to do away with the shame associated with female names in public.

The victory, even if symbolic, is seen as a small boost for women’s rights at a time when the future of women’s role in Afghan society hangs in the balance amid imminent government negotiations over a power-sharing deal with the Taliban. When it was in national power in the 1990s, the Taliban’s Islamist government largely confined women to their homes and stripped them of basic rights like education and paid employment.

Afghanistan has made major improvements in expanding women’s role in public in the two decades since the toppling of the Taliban. Millions of girls attend schools and universities across the country, and women hold important government jobs. But activists say a misogyny justified by religiosity still runs deep, with the Taliban’s bullying of women emblematic of a wider problem.

The old Afghan taboo over women in public runs so deep that young schoolboys often get into fights if someone even mentions the name of their mother or sister, an act seen as a dishonor. In a country of war and widows, women struggle to assert themselves as legal guardians of their children in government offices or carry out business transactions in their own names without the presence of a man. Even most women’s graves never include their names — only those of male relatives.

The Afghan cabinet’s legal committee headed by one of the country’s two vice presidents, Sarwar Danish, said a proposal to amend the census law to include the mother’s name on the national identity card had been approved in a committee meeting on Tuesday. While the amendment still requires parliamentary approval and signing into law by the president, a spokesman for the vice president said officials expected those steps to be smooth.

“The amendment changes the definition of identity — the new identity would comprise of the person’s name, last name, father’s name, mother’s name, and date of birth,” said the spokesman, Mohamed Hedayat. “In the old definition, mother’s name was not part of the identity.”

Afghanistan lacks an accurate census of its population, with the last one conducted in the 1970s, before four decades of war and upheaval. The country introduced a long-delayed electronic ID system in 2018 with iris and biometric scans to help law enforcement better identify citizens. But the process of issuing the IDs quickly faced controversy over whether an individual’s ethnic group should also be included.

Rights activists saw an opportunity in the debate: While ethnic groups were jostling for recognition, women — roughly half of the country’s population, and representing all ethnicities — had long been denied their basic identities, and the cards offered a new opportunity on that front. A hashtag campaign on social media, #WhereIsMyName?, was already underway, and it quickly began gaining ground.

While Afghan social media has been full of celebration since Tuesday over the announced change, many also feared that its introduction would deter people in conservative rural areas from registering for the national identity cards.

Laleh Osmany, one of the earliest supporters of the #WhereIsMyName? campaign in western Herat Province, said they were fighting a deeply rooted misogyny that used religion as cover. From a young age, girls are conditioned to believe they are an appendix to a man, known in relation to the men in their families, with no independent identity of their own.

“Most of the limitations on women in society have no foundation in religion, and I realized the depth of that in my four years as a student of Islamic law,” Ms. Osmany said. “In Islam, there is nothing that limits women’s identity. But in our society they associate every limitation — even on women’s identity — with religion.”

The change to the ID system “is about restoring the most basic and natural right of women that they are denied,” Ms. Osmany said. “By printing her name, we give the mother power, and the law gives her certain authorities to be a mother who can, without the presence of a man, get documents for her children, enroll her children in school, travel.”


Women Business Owners in The UAE Innovate to Stay on The Road To Recovery

September 02, 2020

Esha Nag


Dubai-resident Rashi Punjabi closed her glow-in-the-dark mini golf course in Wafi Mall because of Covid-19 and innovated to come up with other business ideas

Image Credit: Supplied


 The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us several life lessons. We have learnt the importance of patience, resilience and have fought the odds with positivity and bravado. For many businesses, this has been an especially challenging time, but despite all obstacles female entrepreneurs in the country admit that the UAE provides immense opportunities for them to get back into action. The secret is sustainability and innovation and a clarion call to support homegrown businesses. 

Dubai resident Jennifer Blandos Hardie, who owns a training company called the International School of Communication, says the emirate has the “anything-is-possible” vibe. “I have always loved that!” says Jennifer, who is also the co-owner of the Female Fusion, the UAE's largest platform for female entrepreneurs. “I wouldn't want to have my businesses anywhere else. Dubai has great infrastructure that makes running a business really easy. Over the past 10 years I've seen big changes in how the government operates businesses and business licensing - it gets better every year,” she adds.

Talking about the challenges that she had to face, Jennifer says, “My training company was unable to deliver face-to-face training for months. Our biggest challenge has been convincing clients that online training delivered well is just as good as face-to-face training. All of our trainers went through a 12-hour train-the-trainer programme to learn how to use technology and deliver a course online, which is very different from face to face. Online training actually requires a lot more planning to make sure that people are constantly engaged in front of a screen, or they'll just shut off. From that investment in the beginning, we have built a reputation with our clients for delivering engaging online training. Many of our clients have told me that the online training better not disappear once we return to normal!”

Be ready to innovate

For Jennifer the biggest takeaways during the pandemic has been the need to be as agile as possible and be ready to change quickly to meet market demands. “Pivot, pivot, pivot I would say! Stay positive, this won't last forever - we just need to refine and adjust our product or service for current demands,” she says.

What she has also done is to support as many local businesses as she can to get that narrative across to other residents as well. “At the International School of Communication we source many of our products from local companies - from 100 per cent recyclable stationery to a local SME that produces the most wonderful tea that we offer in our café at work," says Jennifer.

Simarna Singh, founder of the social enterprise Coco Veda, agrees. She says, “Many businesses who are over reliant on international supply chains, have been affected significantly. There is an opportunity amidst this disruption, whereby individuals are focusing on supporting local businesses. For example, Majid Al Futtaim and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, have launched Dubai’s first in-store hydroponic farm at its Carrefour market in Al Wasl to help drive UAE’s sustainability and food security agenda by increasing the quantity of local, fresh and sustainable produce. I believe that to showcase the importance of supporting local we require re-education and these conversations should take place on a daily basis at home and embedded within the school curriculum in the UAE so that the youth are more involved.”

Business models need to be sustainable

The pandemic, Simarna feels, has taught entrepreneurs that while the fundamental premise of a business is to be profitable, there needs to be an inclusive consideration of the needs for the people and planet. “It is important to recognise that sustainability needs to be embedded within the business model of each organisation, The UAE Government recognises the importance of sustainability in business. Therefore, the cabinet has implemented Vision 2021 and Centennial 2071 to develop an ecosystem to accelerate and track the progress of the sustainable development initiatives.”

She says that in the new digital economy, leveraging on technology, will accelerate sustainable development. “The pandemic has given us the opportunity to drive sustainability through innovation”

Innovate to survive

Rashi Punjabi

Innovation is also the key to survive, says seasoned entrepreneur Rashi Punjabi. While the pandemic left her with no choice but to close the18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, Tee and Putt, in Dubai’s Wafi Mall for everyone’s safety, it gave her time to think of how to use her resources and expertise elsewhere. “I spent my time at home playing lots of games with family, and that’s how the idea of Giftopoly personalised games came to me. I also got the opportunity to conduct and develop mind mapping workshops on an online platform, reaching a larger audience and helping children and adults boost their memory and creativity during the lockdown,” she says.

Rashi, also a strong supporter for local businesses, says such enterprises are always innovating, have great service levels and help with local employment. “They make the city special. We can help local businesses thrive by recommending them to our friends and family and sharing their information on our social media pages.”


How Gender Equality Can Build A Prosperous Somalia

September 2, 2020


Conservative religious beliefs and a long history of gender division. In many parts of Somalia


The challenges of gender inequality in Somalia have become more apparent in recent decades. At the forefront of this societal evolution is the redefined role of women in the country, which is strikingly different in 2020 compared to the turn of the century.

However, gender inequality remains a problem in the Horn of Africa nation, reinforced by its patriarchal system, conservative religious beliefs and a long history of gender division. In many parts of Somalia, women are still considered subservient to men and many are resigned to roles of childbearing and housekeeping.

At the same time, an increasing number of women in the country are studying at university to become working professionals. However, certain disciplines are still considered to be unsuitable for females – a modern sign of the conflict within Somalia’s progression towards gender equality.

Causes of gender inequality in Somalia

Improper Education

“Knowledge is power.” It might not be a strong point, but this is pointing more towards some parts of Somalia that are rejecting western views on women, to stick to cultural ones. Education is nothing if you leave all you learn in school and still behave like a savage when you get back home. In other words, it must be obvious that you are educated.

A community that’s poorly educated can never know the worth of women and a woman that is not educated cannot know her rights. It has also been noticed that parents don’t usually encourage the education of their female children because they believe it will be of no benefit to them, as any money or success she earns in the future, due to her education, will be of her husband’s, not their’s.

Tradition and Culture

Tradition is said to be the custom of a particular society, while culture is simply the way of life. Tradition and Culture do not allow women to become rulers among the ethnic groups in Somalia. In fact, it is deemed an abomination in almost every tribal group. Thus, the typical cultural dogma has plagued many thrones and political seats in the country and this ideology has passed down many generations of conscious thought.


It’s hard to keep “mentality” as a standalone point, as it is largely influenced by culture and tradition. However, if you look at it subjectively, from a woman’s view, it stands alone. The reason that many women are not ambitious is that they believe top positions are meant for men. Even some ladies complain about having a female boss simply because they are used to having a male boss.

It almost seems clandestine for women to want to occupy a political position or the top positions in a company.

This mentality is perpetuated by society but also the environment in which girls and women grow up in Somalia, which illustrates how much progress still needs to be made. Gender inequality is systematic and institutional in this conservative society but it has also been normalised by long-standing tradition.


It’s obvious that religion is one of the top contributors to gender inequality in the world.  Some religions or religious practices restrict the role of women to domestic roles, making it impossible for them to aspire for positions of power, political influence or corporate success.

However, according to Islam, women are not considered inferior to men. Men and women have similar rights and, in some areas, women actually enjoy certain privileges that the men do not.

Allah has declared in the Holy Qur’an that He has created men and women as equal beings.

“He has created you from a single being; then from that He made its mate. ( Ch 39:V.7 )

Lessons from history

Aisha bint Abu Bakr was a female scholar of great importance and a voice of authority in Islamic jurisprudence almost 1500 years ago. Aisha was the daughter of Abu Bakr, one of the Prophet Muhammad’s closest companions, one of the first converts to Islam and the first to assume leadership as Caliph over the Muslim community following the Prophet Muhammad’s death.

Prophet Muhammad fostered Aisha’s education and nurtured her intellectual pursuits. She was considered more knowledgeable than most of her male contemporaries in matters related to Qur’anic interpretation, poetry, medicine and history and men and women alike studied under her instruction. Aisha also rendered legal decisions (fatwa) and delivered speeches publically, powerfully and eloquently.

During the Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime, Aisha participated in the early battles fought by the new Muslim converts against the Arab pagans who persecuted members of the fledgeling faith community. During the Battle of Uhud, she distributed water bags to the Muslim combatants on the battlefield. Following the death of Prophet Muhammad, Aisha’s role became increasingly important. When the third Caliph Othman ibn Affan was assassinated, the Muslim community’s underlying political system was jeopardized by internal division and conflict. Aisha raised a leading and quite public voice against Ali, the fourth Caliph, in 656 CE. She delivered a public address at a mosque located in Mecca where she swore to avenge the murdered Caliph’s death. As a result, she garnered the support of many Muslims across Arabia and eventually led an army into the Battle of the Camel. The speeches she delivered during the battle were noted for their force and candour.

Aisha’s life represents a powerful model for Muslim women’s excellence in scholarship, political engagement and even military leadership. She excelled in public speaking, commanded an army on the battlefield and instructed both men and women in Islamic jurisprudence.

For those Somalis weary of Western feminism and where Islam continues to hold political, social and religious currency in the society, Aisha’s standard provides a culturally authentic paradigm for Muslim women seeking a leading role in the political, judicial or religious spheres. Her standing as the Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife and the daughter of the first Caliph is incontrovertible among Sunni adherents as is her predominant role in government, academia and the law.

As noted above, such Islamic model can serve as powerful, culturally authentic tools in advancing the human rights agenda towards increased female empowerment in the political, social and economic spheres within Somali society.

Equality can build a prosperous Somalia

Equality between men and women is one of the core values of the Somali constitution. This value has been enshrined in Somali legal and political frameworks. Based on the constitution, the Somali government is committed to breaking the vicious cycle of gender discrimination through developing gender-responsive policies in different sectors. The government has taken different measures and a range of activities aimed at empowering girls and women, protecting their rights, transforming their lives and strengthening their voices as drivers of sustainable development.

The government wants to take further measures to ensure the empowerment of women. However, if the government is really determined to support women, it needs to focus on young women and harnessing the full potential of Somalia’s youth.

The international community has commended the Government in its effort to promote gender parity within political participation. It aims to provide women 30% seats in parliament. However, significant progress still needs to be made before women are able to enjoy the same opportunities in life and contribute to society in the same capacity as their male counterparts.

Ensuring gender equality requires both the government and society to take bold and practical steps to curb gender discrimination. Somali government not only shall develop pro gender equality policies and laws but it shall put them in place. At the same time, Somali society shall dare to embrace the modern values and principles in terms of gender issues in the country.

Reaching social equality is hard, but not impossible.



Muslim Woman Sues County After Being Forced To Remove Hijab Inside Michigan Jail

By: Kim Russell

Sep 02, 2020


GENESEE CO., Mich. (WXYZ) — A Detroit woman has filed a lawsuit she hopes will impact policies at law enforcement agencies and jails across the country.

The lawsuit lays out what happened. Cora Cave was driving home from work. She says she got pulled over for going six miles over the speed limit.

The Michigan State Police trooper who stopped her told her she had an outstanding warrant for a ticket she says she thought was taken care of. Her attorney says it turns out it was. Still, she was arrested and taken to the Genesee County Jail.

As deputies at the jail booked her she says she told them, like some Muslim women do, she believes wearing a hijab is part of being faithful. She says they told her she had to take it off.

“I told her I don’t uncover in front of men. She told me you have to take it off and take it off right now,” said Cora Cave, the plaintiff in the suit.

Cave said she had no choice, but to comply.

“I felt extremely violated,” she said.

Her lawsuit is not the first of its kind. Seven Action News covered similar suits filed against Dearborn and Dearborn Heights several years ago. The cities currently have policies that allow women to wear head coverings in front of men. To prevent personal clothing from being turned into a weapon, special hijabs designed for incarcerated women are provided to those under arrest.

“Cora has the right to express her religion by covering herself. And it is a gross violation of the law for a jailer to violate that right,” said Jim Rasor, her attorney from the Rasor Law Firm.

“It represents how we praise our lord. He wants them to come to him pure and clean. And one way to do it is to cover,” Cave said.

Sheriff Chris Swanson said his office has not yet been served with notice of the lawsuit and could not provide comment.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton responded to our story saying the allegations are something the county takes very seriously. It has not yet received the lawsuit, but will review the suit and investigate what happened.


Women's rights a key issue during peace talks with Taliban

Aug 31, 2020

The prisoner swap in Afghanistan is completed. The Taliban and the Afghan government are now ready to talk peace. But women's rights hold little value for the Taliban. A hardline group who banned girls from going to school

This group whipped women accused of adultery or even the ones seen without a burqa.

Fawzia Koofi is a high-profile women's rights campaigner. Just when the Taliban and the Afghan government announced the peace talks. She survived a second assassination attempt. Koofi has endured the oppressive Taliban rule once. Now she's set to face them.

She is one of the five Afghan women set to face the hardliners in peace talks. Fatima Gailani and Habiba Sarabi are the other two.

Fatima Gailani said: "Every woman in Afghanistan has a fear not just because of this conversation, we always have a fear that whenever there are changes in Afghanistan, whenever there is a political change, always women are hurt."

16 men from the afghan team and an all-male Taliban side will outnumber these women, but for a patriarchal Afghanistan.

The humble female presence is a turning point. Even more for Sarabi---Afghanistan's first female provincial governor. She said: "I think it's a big success. Of course we are not very happy. We are not-, we think it's not enough. But it's a big success for us, because we will have our voice at the table."

So far, the Taliban have given no assurance about women's rights. But for Gailani, an Islamic-law expert.  The first step for negotiations to move forward is 'ceasefire'. She said: "I think it's premature to talk about any kind of detail now. Whether it is about women or it is about men or in general, the values that we stand for. For now, i think with all these dilemma that we went through, with the release of prisoners with all these sort of going forward and backwards forwards and backwards for the long time, the most important achievement today is ceasefire."

The other two women on the negotiating team are Shahla Fareed, a lawyer, women's rights activist and university lecturer, and Sharifa Zurmati, a former broadcaster and local politician in Paktia.


Israeli And Emirati Women To Lead 'Peace Starts From Within' Conference


AUGUST 31, 2020

Now that peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was announced on the political level earlier this month, two women – one from each country – decided to take action to implement this peace agreement on non-political levels.

These women – an Emirati civic activist and an Israeli meditation teacher – will host "Peace Starts from Within," a one-hour open video conference on Zoom this Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. UAE time, 7 p.m. Israel time, aimed at promoting a mindset of unity for a wide Middle Eastern audience.

“I invite everyone who has a glimmer of hope that peace will prevail to join their energy to ours,” said Mariam al-Ahmedi, an Abu Dhabi-based founding member of the Arab Council for Regional Integration, a pan-Arab initiative dedicated to fostering a spirit of partnership that knows no borders.

“By building inner peace," she continued, "we can overcome the programming of hostility that has been implanted in us and gain the strength to love one another.”

“I feel privileged to share in this effort with Mariam, a woman of valor and a kindred spirit,” said Michal Lichtman, an Israeli yoga and meditation guide based in New York who has led Israelis, Palestinians and others in courses on self-healing and self-realization.

"We both agree that peace starts from within, and will be appealing to those who join us to turn their inner light on,” she added.

The two hosts launched a media campaign to draw attention to the session, including a joint interview on Israeli national radio and pan-Arab outreach via media across the region.

The program will feature a dialogue between the two women, followed by a meditation session, and then a Q&A with the participants.

The link to the Zoom conference can be found here.

In the aftermath of the historic peace agreement announced earlier this month between Israel and the UAE, many projects emerged to gather Israeli and Emirati civilians around non-political collaborations.

This agreement signals a major geopolitical shift in the Middle East, and has already prompted massive interest in lucrative opportunities in the business, technology, tourism and academic sectors that have now been made possible.


European Parliament Asks Pakistan To Protect Women And Girls From Discrimination And Violence

August 28, 2020

Brussels: The European Parliament has asked Pakistan to protect the rights of women and girls after rising incidents of honour killings, acid attacks and social restrictions on movement and jobs reported from the country.

Recently, a question was raised that despite the fact that Pakistan benefits from the EU GSP+, both the current and former Pakistani Governments have done little for Pakistan’s women and girls.

In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an official circular forcing school girls to wear the hijab or the abaya was issued a few months ago. After widespread outrage, the local Government had to revoke the decision.

Ishaq Khakwani, a former federal minister and one of the leaders of the current ruling party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, has admitted that the Government has not paid enough attention to addressing the issue of violence against women.

In a reply, the European Commission said, “The Report shows that Pakistan is making some progress on effective implementation, e.g. on the elimination of honour killings, the protection of transgender persons and the protection of women’s and children’s rights. The report also notes that more progress is needed, including with regard to discrimination and violence against women and girls”.

It further added, “Within the GSP+ monitoring process, the Commission sent a list of salient issues to Pakistan in June 2020 recalling the need to take effective measures to prevent child marriage across the country, make progress on the bill raising the legal age for marriage to 18 years and on the bill on prevention and protection from domestic violence against women”.

It is waiting for a response from the Pakistan government, which is expected by September 2020.

The reply also added, “Discrimination and violence against women and girls were also discussed during the 10th EU-Pakistan Sub-Group on Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights in November 2019”.

The European Commission also raised concerns over growing child labour in Pakistan.

“The EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore raised the tragic case of Zohra Shah, and the matter of child labour more broadly, with Federal Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari on 27 June 2020, highlighting the EU’s serious concerns. Minister Mazari informed of legislative efforts to ensure that domestic child labour below 14 years of age would stop”, said the Commission in a question raised over the issue.

It further added, “The topic of child labour features prominently on the agenda of the EU-Pakistan Joint Commission’s Sub-Group on Human Rights, and is also addressed in the context of the Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP+), the 2018-2019 Report on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and its assessment on the implementation by Pakistan of the conventions on labour and human rights covered by GSP+”.

Extreme poverty in some provinces of Pakistan forced many children to work as laborious. The situation is grim in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (ANI)


Prime Minister Imran Khan Orders Release of Women in Jail On Flimsy Grounds

Syed Irfan Raza

03 Sep 2020

ISLAMABAD: In light of the Supreme Court’s (SC) orders, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the relevant authorities to make arrangements for the early release of female prisoners — both under-trial and convicted.

According to the Prime Minister Office (PMO), Mr Khan announced the decision at a meeting and later in his tweets.

A source in the PMO told Dawn that it was brought to the notice of the prime minister that a large number of women prisoners were facing imprisonment only because they were unable to pay petty fines.

The prime minister vowed that the government would bear all expenses for the release of women prisoners whose remaining sentence was less than three years and they were serving imprisonment due to non-payment of petty fines, the source added.

Says decision is in light of SC ruling, asks authorities to arrange funds to pay fines

The prime minister directed the provinces and other authorities to generate funds through Baitul Mal and social welfare departments to pay fines of the women prisoners so that they could be released immediately.

In his tweets, Prime Minister Khan said he had issued the directions after a meeting with Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, the attorney general and Barrister Ali Zafar.

“I have asked for immediate implementation of SC order 299/2020 for release of under-trial women prisoners and convicted women prisoners who fulfill criteria of SC order,” he tweeted.

He also asked for “immediate reports on foreign women prisoners and women on death row for humanitarian consideration”.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari hailed the prime minister’s decision, calling it a “great move forward for human rights and humanitarian approach to prisoners”.

She further said Prime Minister Khan had also asked the ministry to provide him “a complete timeline on prison reforms implementation”.

In her tweet, she said: “This is just the start. PM has asked for a complete timeline on prison reforms implementation — our report on prison reforms is ready & now going to prepare implementation timelines with Barrister Ali Zafar.”

The prime minister was referring to an interim order issued in April, in which the apex court had directed the government to release prisoners suffering from a physical or mental illness, under-trial prisoners who were 55 or older, male under-trial prisoners who had not been convicted in the past as well as female and juvenile prisoners.

The Supreme Court had recalled the bails granted to under-trial prisoners by the high courts of Sindh and Islamabad to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in over-crowded prisons. However, it allowed the government to release prisoners who fell in the afore-mentioned criteria.

The prisoners included in the above categories had been spared on the counsel of the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP).

The AGP had recommended the apex court not to extend bails of prisoners accused in cases involving abuse or violent acts against children and women.

Later, in a TV programme, Barrister Ali Zafar said he attended the meeting on Wednesday in which the prime minister ordered immediate release of women and juvenile (children less than 16 years of age) prisoners.

He said all provinces had been directed to make arrangements for their release.

“Under the prime minister’s directives, all women and juvenile prisoners will be released except those sentenced in severe cases like murder,” he added.

Barrister Zafar said according to a report of a committee formed by the prime minister six months ago, more than 500 women and juvenile prisoners were facing imprisonment in petty crimes and they would be released.

“Almost 75pc of the 500 prisoners are in Punjab and three to four in Balochistan,” he added.

He said the report also suggested that women prisoners should be detained in jails in their hometowns or close to them and that women and juvenile prisoners should be kept in separate compounds.

He, however, agreed that at present they were being detained in the same compounds where male prisoners were kept but in separate portions.




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