Rape is ‘monstrous’, but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief

Sentencing rapists to death, as Bangladesh did on Thursday, is not an appropriate punishment even for such a heinous crime, the UN rights chief said. “Tempting as it may be to impose draconian punishments on those who carry out such monstrous acts, we must not allow ourselves to commit further violations,” Michelle Bachelet said in […]

At least six killed in attack on Pakistan oil workers: officials

At least six people were killed on Thursday when a convoy of oil workers was ambushed by gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, officials said. The province, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the poorest in the country despite being rich with oil and gas, and remains home to Islamist, separatist and sectarian insurgents. Paramilitary troops […]

Majority of people in Pakistan faced difficulties to wash hands during the pandemic: survey

By Pramod Thomas A NEW SURVEY has found out that people in some of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19 including Pakistan and South Africa have struggled to wash their hands during the pandemic due to water scarcity. The survey, conducted on Global Handwashing Day (15 October), by WaterAid and YouGov revealed that nearly seven […]

Main suspect in court over Pakistan motorway gang rape

A Pakistani man on Tuesday (13) was charged with being the main suspect in the gang rape of a mother on the side of a motorway, a case which sparked nationwide protests. The woman said she was raped in front of her two children after her car ran out of fuel near the eastern city […]

UN to Bangladesh: do more to end child marriage

Bangladesh must do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by 2041, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday (7). “This human rights violation…(is)robbing children of their childhoods,” said Veera Mendonca, a spokeswoman for the UN’s children agency. “We must invest now to […]

Pakistani toddler’s murder sparks outrage

Police in northwest Pakistan have made a string of arrests as they search for the killer of a two-year-old girl whose rape and murder have drawn comparisons to an infamous 2018 killing that sparked riots. The girl, Zainab, disappeared on Tuesday (6) while playing outside her village home in Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. […]

Bangladesh to execute rapists after protests

Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape on Monday (12) after days of protests sparked by a string of sexual assaults, the government said. Demonstrations have broken out across the country after harrowing footage of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman went viral on social media. The clip sparked outrage in the […]

Pakistan bans TikTok over ‘immoral content’

Pakistan on Friday (9) banned the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok, as authorities press their clampdown on “immoral” content. Chinese-owned TikTok which has become a global sensation with its short video clips has a huge user base among young Pakistanis, with some attracting millions of followers. But it has come up against backlash in […]

Gang war in Rohingya camps displaces around 2,000 families

AS MANY AS 2,000 Rohingya families were displaced following a turf war between criminal armed groups in Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. Police and humanitarian workers said that at least eight people have been killed in clashes in recent days. Authorities have arrested 12 people after days of gunfire, arson, and abductions by gangs […]

Sri Lanka indicts skipper of fire-stricken oil tanker; slaps $108,000 penalty

SRI LANKA on Thursday(8) indicted the Greek skipper of a fire-damaged supertanker for causing an oil spill and failing to report the environmental damage to the island’s waters. The Panamanian-registered New Diamond, travelling from Kuwait to India with 270,000 tonnes of crude oil, was passing by Sri Lanka’s east coast when the fire broke out […]