Date: 4/19/2002


Mohammed Ali JINN, Founder of Pakistan declared, "In our ISLAMIC republic not one female will be degraded. After we chase out the Hindus and exterminate the Sikhs, our ISLAMIC land will be so prosperous that every Muslim will live happily at home. None will emigrate for living."

50 years later, women are the MOST DEGRADED commodity in his Pakistan. Ironically in BANDIT Nehru's India which he put under his secularism after PARTITION (not before!), ALL THE WOMEN ARE DEGRADED, too, since BOTH the President's wife and the President of All India Congress Party are FOREIGNERS by religion, race, birth, language and history.


..........Indian women sold in Pakistan, says Amnesty


IANS [ THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2002 12:06:22 PM ]

LONDON: Indian women are being smuggled and sold in Pakistan, says an Amnesty International report. Pakistan is also becoming a destination for women being trafficked from Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Amnesty says in its report Pakistan: Insufficient Protection of Women.

The report says, "Pakistan is a transit and target country for vulnerable women from Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Afghanistan. The open sale of girls and women in markets is reported from several parts of the country."

Such "markets" are held "particularly in areas of underdevelopment such as in parts of the Thar desert in Sindh and in Balochistan", the report says.

The report says that in the Mohmand Agency, a federally administered tribal area in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, "traditional fairs in which families offer their girls for sale were banned some years ago but smaller fairs are reported to persist in more remote areas."

Amnesty says the Aurat Foundation in 2000 documented the case histories of 39 women being trafficked in NWFP, "with some being offered for marriage to Punjabi men but many sold to (people in) Middle Eastern countries".

Trafficking of women "for purposes of forced domestic labour, forced marriage and forced prostitution continues to be reported in Pakistan which functions both as a country of origin of trafficked women and as a transit and target country", the Amnesty report says.

"Women and girls are deceived, coerced, abducted and sold, often re-sold and repeatedly re-married without regard to their own wishes or to any children they may have."

The report says these women are "forced to work and live under conditions of slavery by their agents who are organised in crime networks that span the Indian subcontinent."

Amnesty says often the women's families are "complicit in such abuse". Mrriage is often used as a method of recruitment for trafficking and to avoid arrest under Pakistan's "zina" law, which makes sex outside marriage criminal.

"Many trafficked women are arrested in Pakistan and charged under the zina law or under the Foreigner's Act with illegal entry into Pakistan, thus turning the victims of trafficking and forced prostitution into accused both in terms of their work and status, neither of which they had chosen," the report says.

"Some women, both trafficked and local, are killed if they refuse to earn money in prostitution into which their husbands or agents force them."

Amnesty cites the case of Fareeda Bibi who was beaten by her husband with an iron bar, had kerosene sprinkled on her and was set on fire in Sukkur in October 2000. In hospital, before her death, she told police that her husband had forced her to lead a sinful life and that he had abused her when she refused to comply.

"Those uncovering the trafficking of women have sometimes had to pay with their lives," Amnesty says. Journalist Sufi Mohammad Khan from Badin, Sindh, was killed in May 2001 "after reporting extensively about drug trafficking and trafficking of women in the Tharparkar area of Sindh, which he said happened with the connivance of an apathetic administration."

He had reported that some 70 women had been kidnapped in Sindh and Punjab, detained by a feudal family in that region, and forced into prostitution.