Yearly Archives: 2015


Civil society demands effective legislation to curb domestic violence

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Civil society representatives demanded enactment of effective legislation to deal with domestic violence. This demand was raised in a ‘Conference on Domestic Violence’ organized by Bedari held at SAFMA Auditorium in Lahore today. The conference was attended by people from different walks of life including members of Punjab assembly including Abeera Andaleeb, Dr. Nosheen Hamid, and Sadia Sohail Rana, Fouzia Viqar (Chairperson, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women), I A Rehman (general secretary, Human […]

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Samina aims to make her village  ‘Child Marriage Free’

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I am Samina, and I am 26 now, and married for last 13 years. Here is my story: We used to live in a village near Multan city. We were 9 sisters, and no brother. My parents wanted to have a son, so they kept trying, and continued to add unwanted daughters to the family. My father worked on daily wages, which were not regular; and of course, not sufficient to meet our basic needs. […]

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What will I do when I leave the shelter home? … Saima Mughal

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Hello… I am Saima – just 16 years old, married … not only married but already divorced also. Yes, I got married when I was 11 years old. I live in a suburban town of district Multan. Well, the problem was that my father died when I was very young. My mother married again. Life was not easy with a step-father. There were problems right from the beginning, but as I grew the things turned […]

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Anam Bibi manages to put herself back on track after a disastrous child marriage

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My name is Anam; I am 20 years old, having a 4 years old son – Fahad. I have gone through a lot in past 5 years. Let me tell you my story. I was studying in 10th grade, and living, by and large, a happy life. I would go to school daily, work hard, play with my classmates, and come back home. At home, I had to help my mother with household chores as […]

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Women Cricket Tournament held in Multan

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The situation of women’s cricket was very dismal in Multan for past few years especially since a very talented female cricketer committed suicide, and allegations of rampant sexual harassment came up. The cases were not properly investigated, and the matter was hushed by cricket authorities. It had a huge negative impact on the female players, and many decided to leave the game. There was no question of new comers joining in. IN such a situation, […]

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Cricket for Peace tournament successfully completed

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South Punjab, particularly Multan, has a great potential of producing players especially cricketers.  In Multan performance of domestic cricket was not good enough for last few years. There was no cricket tournament organized by District Cricket Association Multan for last 5-6 years, whereas they have to arrange two tournaments in a year. The two important reasons for this are the internal conflicts in the Association, and the lack of financial resources. Bedari tried to fill […]

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You brought my son back

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Salman Majeed joined social media group formed under Peace through ArtsSalman Majeed project, and later developed interest in theater as well. He was a test case for Bedari. Among over 100 youths participating in ‘Peace through Arts’ project, he was the one most actively involved with extremist organizations. He would be at the forefront of the rallies chanting ‘kafir kafir’ slogans. A heated debate had taken place within Bedari staff whether we should let such […]

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Two wrongs don’t make a right – a Case study in Child Marriages

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Shahida*, 15, was studying 9th grade when her sister – a child bride – died during child birth. She gave birth to a baby girl who also died the next day. She left two kids in the care of her husband and mother in law. Just two weeks had passed since her death, when her mother in law came to see Shahida’s parents. She told them that she wanted to arrange another marriage for her […]

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