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The Atlantic: To Be a Woman in Pakistan: Six Stories of Abuse, Shame, and Survival

According to a 2011 poll of experts by the Thomson Reuters Foundation Poll, Pakistan is the third most dangerous country for women in the world. It cited the more than 1,000 women and girls murdered in “honor killings” every year and reported that 90 percent of Pakistani women suffer from domestic violence. Westerners usually associate the plight of Pakistani women with religious oppression, but the reality is far more complicated. A certain mentality is deeply ingrained in strictly patriarchal societies like Pakistan. Poor and uneducated women must struggle daily for basic rights, recognition, and respect. They must live in a c ...

UNICEF report 2012: Child marriage, early motherhood and domestic violence plague India

Kounteya Sinha, TNN NEW DELHI: Modern India continues to be plagued by social and health ills like child marriage, early motherhood and domestic violence. Latest data in the “State of the World’s Children report 2012″ released by Unicef on Wednesday shows that almost 22% women in India, who are now aged between 20 and 24 years gave birth to a child before they turned 18. Almost 45 among every 1,000 births are born to mothers in the 15-19 age bracket. Shockingly, around 57% of male adolescents (aged 15-19) and 53% of female adolescents thought a husband was justified in beating up their wives under certain circumstances. On ...