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Marital rape

A RECENT judgement passed by an additional district and sessions judge in Karachi is being celebrated as recognition of marital rape as a criminal offence under Pakistani law. The court…

The Olympics of climate change

Like the Olympics which represents a harmonious blend of cultural diversity, sportsmanship, and global unity – drawing participants from every continent – the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in United…

Trial in absentia?

A trial in absentia is usually considered a last option after all practical measures have been taken to ensure the defendant’s attendance. In the criminal judicial system, a trial in…

Silent screams

Face bruised, eyes swollen, skull cracked, bones broken, burnt skin. The heartbreaking and gut-wrenching state of 14-year-old Rizwana a day after she was admitted to a hospital in Lahore. This…

PECA and children Part – I

In today’s world, children face new unconventional challenges posed by the rise of digital technology. This exposes children to digital risks such as cyberbullying and sexual abuse, which were not…

PECA and children; Part – II

The court has also been tasked with responsibilities under the 2023 amendment. Under Section 44 and 2 (ix) of PECA 2016, designated courts for electronic crimes were notified in consultation…

How to protect children

Sexual violence is a heinous crime and a serious human rights violation. A report by the NGO, Sahil, reveals that from January to June 2023, a total of 2,227 cases…

Renewable energy: solution to energy crisis

The power sector of Pakistan has remained under severe stress for more than two decades. To fill the gap between supply and demand the government introduced three Power Polices in…

Murder, not honour

Pakistan has been grappling with the issue of gender-related killings on the pretext of ‘honour’ for years. Only recently, a man took his finance’s life on the pretext of ‘honour’…

Protecting children from cybercrime

Cyber communication has directly or indirectly affected almost all strata of society and all facets of our lives. Now that it is an integral part of our day-to-day socio-economic lives…