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Pakistan’s taboo on sex abuse

By Nadia Asjad, BBC reporter, Islamabad

A group of Lahore women factory workers complain they are greeted each morning by their bus driver unzipping his trousers. A university student in Islamabad, Saira, recalls one of her professors: “He would pat our backs, touch our hands whenever possible and stare at us suggestively.”

And a woman from Pakistan’s most conservative region, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), discovers that her husband molested her son’s wife: “When we all protested, he divorced me and threw me out of his house,” she said. It is clear that sexual harassment is a widespread problem across the country.

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