Pakistan cracks down on rapists with new sexual violence law
17 December 2020 | 11:00 am
Pakistan's president has issued a new law intended to speed up sexual assault cases. It follows months of protests after the gang rape of a women in front of her children along a deserted highway near Lahore.
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