Children sit with a placard on a roadside during a protest against the rape of a five-year-old girl in Lahore, in Islamabad
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Infanticide prompts imam response in Pakistan

Public anger is growing in Pakistan over the number of attacks on young girls.

Among the cases which have made headlines recently are the gang rape of a five-year-old twins abandoned on a railway line and a baby girl thrown into a river by her father.

In response imams in mosques across Pakistan have been asked to preach a sermon on the the treatment of girls.

It is being called 'My Daughter is a Blessing not a Curse Day.'

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) figures suggest that in Karachi alone the bodies of 300 newborn baby girls are found each year.

Aleem Maqbool reports from Islamabad.

  • 20 Sep 2013
  • From the section Asia
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