A bomb destroyed a girls' primary school early Sunday in Pakistan. The school is located east of Peshawar city in northern Pakistan. The building was empty at the time of the attack, so there were no casualties at the school, which was completely destroyed. Two nearby houses were also destroyed in the blast, reported CNN.
Media reports indicate that police are attributing the attack to unknown militants, according to Chinaview.
Violence against girls' schools has been rising in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Last year, Taliban insurgents were arrested in the case of an acid attack against schoolgirls in the southern city of Kandahar in Afghanistan. In Pakistan's Swat Valley, more than 130 schools, many of which were all girl institutions, have been destroyed, allegedly by the Taliban,in the past year. During the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, girls were forbidden to attend school.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .