Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist I.A. Rehman said at a peace-promoting symposium Monday held in Lahore, Pakistan.
“A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the “Youth emerging as a force for positive change” symposium according to Pakistani Express Tribune. The event was held on “International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.”
In addition to the deaths, there have also been 90 acids attacks on women, 72 cases of burning caused by other means, 491 cases of domestic violence, 344 cases of gang rape and 835 cases of violence between January 2013 to September 2013, according to Rehman.
“Young girls are being raped in Pakistan and all we do is shout rather than do anything practical,” he said.
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Supreme Court Advocate Shamsa Ali, also in attendance, said there should be a zero tolerance policy towards violence against women and believes a third of seats in local government should be reserved for women.
The symposium, organized by the All Pakistan Women’s Association, coincided with the United Nations’ “Girls’ Education Initiative,” which addressed education and peace in Pakistan.
“It has taken us 62 years to say that education is a basic right,” Rehman said.
According to the Girls’ Education Initiative, Pakistani girls are often victims of discrimination and only 40 percent of them age 15 or younger are able to read and write.
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Women in several eastern Asian countries are often times pressured to give birth to male children and forced to abort pregnancies resulting in girls, Life Site News reports.
India has the highest gender ratio gap in the world, with 914 girls aged six and under for every 1,000 boys in 2011, according to Life Site.
Sources: Express Tribune, Life Site News