Dating violence in asia
Pakistan’s largest state passed a landmark law in February criminalising domestic violence, stalking, cybercrime and other forms of abuse but a coalition of more than 30 groups have demanded its withdrawal.
Mainstream Islamic political parties are among those opposing the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2015 and threatening to launch nationwide protests.
Central Sri Lanka was gripped by tension on Thursday as a fresh wave of anti-Muslim attacks swept through the Buddhist holy city of Kandy and the surrounding hillside.
The attacks, led by the increasingly bold Sinhala-Buddhist mobs, have drawn comparisons with the start of the country’s decades-long civil war in 1983.
The government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that “the army has been deployed in ten and thousands” to the hill country.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara insisted the situation was under control.
Last week the eastern town of Ampara also saw a spate of anti-Muslim violence.
Tensions have been building in the 70 per cent Buddhist-majority country where Muslims make up only eight per cent of the population.
That’s how insecure we feel.” Mr Hilmy’s daughter, Zainab, a law student, confirmed there was no police or military presence in the area and the fire brigade arrived only after the building had burnt completely to the ground.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena met with religious leaders in Kandy, promising “stern action” on those responsible for the violence.