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Pakistan: New Bill Passed to Protect Women's Rights

Publication Date: 
November 24, 2011

Women's rights groups in Pakistan have welcomed the passing of a bill which will punish those who force women into marriages, or deny them inheritance.

Anyone convicted of forcing a woman into marriage or of receiving her inheritance will be sentenced to prison for 3-10 years or will have to pay a fine of about $6,000, when the Anti-Women's Practices Bill comes into effect. 

But rights groups have raised concern about how the amended legislation will be enforced due to the prevailing attitude towards women in the country.

Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab report from Lahore.