by Samantha Ritchie (misssam89) Women in Pakistan have been denied the right to vote after community elders and politicians said they cannot leave their homes. The elders and political leaders in the community had put a ban in place which stopped women …

Samantha Ritchie

by Samantha Ritchie (misssam89)

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Women in Pakistan have been denied the right to vote after community elders and politicians said they cannot leave their homes.

The elders and political leaders in the community had put a ban in place which stopped women from leaving their homes to vote as it dishonoured their cultural norms.

Around 16,000 women were ‘banned’ from voting in Nowshera. Senior local administrators tried to overturn the decision but did not succeed.

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Women were given the right to vote in Pakistan in 1947.

Maluana Hidayatur Rahman, a resident of the community stated that “the decision to bar women from voting is clear-cut and in line with the customs of our people. Any women who would have voted would have been punished.” He then added that the votes of men were sufficient enough and there was no need for women to vote.

“If male voters can decide the fate of a candidate then there is no need for women, whose votes would’ve been dictated by the male members of their family to vote.”

A Pakistan court has ordered re-polling in all stations where women were banned from voting last week. The order was given by the Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan to re-poll constituencies in NA5 – Nowshera and NA-27 Lakki Marwat.

A chief minister in Pakistan has ordered an enquiry into the ban on women voters and a judge has taken necessary steps to make sure re-polling is done is communities which banned women in voting.


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