Acid attacks, honor killings, and rape usually go unpunished in Pakistan, where activists accuse parliament of bowing to the Council of Islamic Ideology. One young woman's story and a shelter that provides refuge shine a light on the issue.
Pakistani police have arrested a council elder for ordering a man to molest a girl to avenge his sister's rape. DW examines how masculine "honor" and religious norms combine to subjugate women in the Islamic country.
Time and again, Pakistan's top clerical body, the Council of Islamic Ideology, has blocked liberal legislation. Now the country's civil society and some former council members demand that it be reformed.
A woman in Lucknow has been attacked with acid for the fourth time since 2011, Indian media reported. Violence against women very often goes unpunished in India, with several gang rape cases causing nationwide uproar.
Pakistani lawmakers have passed a legislation closing the loophole that allowed "honor killing" perpetrators to avoid a sentence. The country's powerful clerics opposed the bill as "anti-Islamic."
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