Falak Noor Case
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Falak Noor Case Why are GB’s Women Parliamentarians Silent

Alleged Abduction of Falak Noor Sparks Outcry

Falak Noor, 12, is said to have been abducted from Sultan Abad, a village in Tehsil Danyore, Gilgit. This incident is seen as a litmus test for Pakistani and Gilgit Baltistan’s governments and civil society. The case caused a public uproar when her father, Sakhi Ahmed Jan, made an appearance in the media almost half a year after filing a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 364A (kidnapping and abducting a person under the age of fourteen), claiming that a family from the same village had kidnapped his daughter on January 20. In addition, Sakhi Ahmed Jan said that the Gilgit Baltistan police were under pressure to strike a settlement with the kidnappers that would involve land and 1.5 million Pakistani rupees.

Controversy Surrounds Falak Noor’s

On March 21, a video message claiming to be from Falak Noor surfaced on social media from an unidentified location in Mansehra, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). In the clip, she says she eloped and married Fareed Alam, a 17-year-old boy, in a Haripur court of her own free will. She disputes the claims that she was abducted, stating that she is sixteen years old. Reminiscent of the infamous Dua Zehra case from Karachi, the case shows incidents of child abduction, forced early marriage, child sexual assault, and internal trafficking.

Pakistani Authorities Grapple with Persistent Issue

Falak Noor’s story is not unique; there have been disturbing stories of kidnappings and forced marriages, especially involving young girls from minority populations. For years, discussions on forced marriage and legislation have taken place in Pakistani human rights and legislative circles over the kidnapping of young girls from marginalized homes by older males. Under pressure from the religious right, a parliamentary committee rejected a draft law that would have made forced weddings and conversions illegal in October 2021.

GB’s Women Parliamentarians

Six women make up the GB Assembly, three of whom hold important positions: Sadia Danish, Deputy Speaker; Dilshad Bano, Minister of Social Welfare and Development of Women; and Suraiya Zaman, Advisor on Information and Technology. Even though some people have made statements regarding the case, internet users contend that their input is minimal considering how important the matter is. The main complaint from online users appears to be that the female lawmakers are demonstrating their “disregard for the protection of women” by remaining mute on the case of the purported kidnapping of a youngster. Given that the GB police have been unable to locate the girl for nearly two months, questions are being raised about their competence and performance, among other things.

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