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Italy student flies back after parents in Pakistan force abortion

A 19-year-old student said she returned to Italy after her family forced her to have an abortion in in Pakistan, reported BBC. Farah became pregnant a few months ago when she had been studying in Verona. Her family took her to Pakistan in February. Later, she appealed to friends for help, saying her baby had…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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Why do we always target women in the name of dress code?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: A student goes to school and is told she can’t wear the hijab as it ‘violates’ the dress code. Some thousand miles away, another student is told that she is violating the dress code as her shirt’s length ends above the knee. While hatred for a particular religion is one of…

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Muniba Mazari: I left him and I’m glad I did.

NEWS DESK: Activist Muniba Mazari’s former husband recently filed a case against her for “blaming and bashing him for all her afflictions”. The activist has finally spoken out, saying that she “left him” and that she’s “glad” she did. Here’s what she said while replying to tweets on the issue: Clarifying divorce when world thinks you…

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Watch: Harassment is part of the daily routine for women in Pakistan

NEWS DESK: It is not news that harassment is part and parcel of a woman’s daily life. In a deeply patriarchal society like that of Pakistan, the menace worsens as people feel that the onus of harassment lies on women. Why is she wearing this or that? Why is she going out alone? Why is…

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Watch: Women of Karachi speak out on harassment on streets

KARACHI: A few days back, Karachi earned the accolade for being the second-most dangerous city for women across the globe in a poll. Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on the poll. Women of Karachi are speaking out on sexual harassment they face on the streets of the metropolis. Watch here:

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Sexual harassment and privilege

By Minerwa Tahir Note: This piece is a work of satire “I have received over 700 sexual harassment requests, bro.” “I haven’t been able score a girl as yet. I fear the remaining chances of scoring one will soon be over due to Sharmeen.” “As per Bay-Sharm-een’s logic, friend request is harassment and sending your…

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Former assistant of Harvey Weinstein says she was paid £125,000 for silence

NEWS DESK: A British former assistant of Harvey Weinstein says she was paid £125,000 ($165,200) to keep quiet after accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment, reported BBC. Zelda Perkins told the Financial Times she signed a non-disclosure agreement in 1998 after making the accusations. She said he asked her to give him massages and…

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It’s 2017 and this Bollywood actor thinks women are to be blamed for sexual harassment

NEWS DESK: Tisca Chopra, a Bollywood actor who worked with Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par, has some unfortunate views on the #MeToo campaign. Speaking to The Print, she said “women are just as much to blame, because they put themselves in those vulnerable positions”. Here’s her full statement. Cringe as you read it all……

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Dress code for females should be part of Constitution and nikahnama

By Minerwa Tahir This is a work of satire NEWS DESK: Women across the world are tweeting with the hashtag #MeToo, sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. It is a problem indeed. But we have found a solution in the blessing that is the female dress code rolled out by the International Islamic University,…

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Dear women, can we stop with all this #MeToo nonsense now

By Minerwa Tahir This is a work of satire KARACHI: According to the first international experts’ poll on how females fare in the rising number of cities with over 10 million people, Cairo, the capital of Egypt, fared worst globally, reported Thomson Reuters Foundation. Karachi secured the second rank in the most dangerous cities of the world….

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Women are inferior because men can’t bear children: Indian clerics body

NEW DELHI: A prominent Indian clerics body said on Tuesday that women are inferior to men because men can’t bear children, reported Times of India. “If you want equality why don’t men and women carry pregnancy for 4.5 months each?” asked the (male) secretary of the Jamiat Ulama. He was speaking in the context of…

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As expected, most Bollywood stars side with the man in the Hrithik-Kangana controversy

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: India, without a shadow of doubt, is a deeply patriarchal society just like its other South Asian neighbors. Given the centuries of misogynist conditioning, it comes as no surprise that star after star is speaking out in favor of the man in the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut controversy. The Hrithik Roshan-Kangana…

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On World Mental Health Day, collective fear prevails in Karachi as serial slasher remains at large

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: It is World Mental Health Day 2017 today. And an air of collective fear prevails in Karachi. A serial slasher has been on a stabbing spree in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and adjoining areas over the past week. On Wednesday, the official toll of survivors had reached 11. Unofficial accounts suggest that the number…

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Yet another Bollywood star sides with the man (as usual) in the Hrithik-Kangana controversy

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: India, without a shadow of doubt, is a deeply patriarchal society just like its other South Asian neighbors. Given the centuries of misogynist conditioning, it comes as no surprise that star after star is speaking out in favor of the man in the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut controversy. The Hrithik Roshan-Kangana…

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This American actress explains in tweet how men will never understand what it’s like to be female

NEWS DESK: One woman has summed up exactly why men will never fully understand what it’s like to be female, reported The Independent. Actress and all round legend Brie Larson recently tweeted an experience going through customs and interacting with a Transportation Security Administration official: “I merely smiled at a TSA agent and he asked…

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What does Karachi’s serial slasher want to achieve?

NEWS DESK: While Karachi’s serial slasher might be alone in his cowardly stabbing spree, he surely represents a large number of Pakistani men – those who believe that women are inferior to men. Watch here:

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Female MP from Modi’s party says every Indian woman, including herself, has faced sexual harassment

AHMEDABAD: BJP MP from Mumbai North, Poonam Mahajan, said on Sunday that every Indian woman, including herself, has faced sexual harassment at some stage, reported Times of India. Speaking at The Red Brick Summit at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Mahajan said that self-pity should not be the response to such experiences. “I used to take a…

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‘Pakistan Girl’ takes aim at corrupt cops and domestic abuse

NEWS DESK: Pakistan’s newest female superhero has vowed to battle venal officials and protect battered women, as her creator tries to inspire the next generation to fight injustice in a deeply patriarchal society. The new “Pakistan Girl” comic series is based on Sarah, a normal teenager with a pet cat who discovers she has superhuman…

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Priyanka Chopra calls out Vanity Fair’s cover for being a ‘little sexist’

NEWS DESK: Meghan Markle was recently on the cover of Vanity Fair and her close friend, Priyanka Chopra, called out the magazine for focusing on her boyfriend, Prince Harry, instead of Meghan herself. Who wouldn’t want a bestie like Priyanka, now? The Quantico star criticised the magazine for focusing on Meghan’s love life instead of…

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This dad wrote empowering rules for dating his daughters and it went viral

NEWS DESK: We’ve all seen them and cringed. Those dads who try to intimidate their daughter’s love interests to make-up for a deep-seated insecurity buried deep inside. Likely overcompensating for their own failings as a father, they issue a list of rules of dos and don’ts for dating their precious offspring, often happily sharing them…

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