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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:53 PM
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68. that is neither here nor there on the issue
From State Dept. Human Rights Report:


http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2010/sca/154485.ht...


Women

Rape, other than by one's spouse, is a criminal offense, with punishment that ranges from a minimum of 10 to 25 years in prison and a fine to the death penalty. The penalty for gang rape is either death or life imprisonment, but sentences were often less severe. Although rape was frequent, prosecutions were rare.

According to a 2008 HRCP report, 80 percent of wives in rural Punjab feared violence from their husbands, and nearly 50 percent of wives in developed urban areas admitted that their husbands beat them.

Women who tried to report abuse faced serious challenges. Police and judges were sometimes reluctant to take action in domestic violence cases, viewing them as family problems. Instead of filing charges, police typically responded by encouraging the parties to reconcile. Abused women usually were returned to their abusive family members. Women were reluctant to pursue charges because of the stigma attached to divorce and their economic and psychological dependence on relatives. Relatives were hesitant to report abuse due to fear of dishonoring the family.

Slightly more than 50 percent of the population over the age of 10 is literate. More than 40 percent of girls never enroll in school.


And a lot more at that link.
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