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Pakistan Begins its 6th National Census Operations After a Gap of 19 Years

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Pakistan, Mar 17, 2017: Pakistan begins its 6th national census after a gap of 19 years with the assistance of over 200,000 troops. The last census was conducted in the year 1998, and national population recorded at that time was approximately 180 million.

This census, will be conducted in two phases, first phase would be from March 15 to April 25, the second phase would be from April 25 to to May 25.

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The number of the civilian staff taking part in the census operation is 118,918, who are from different government departments. One soldier will accompany each civilian enumerator going from house to house to enlist the number of households and individuals living there. The purpose of the soldiers will not only be to provide security but also to help in verification of data collected by the enumerators.

– Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter: @Upama_myself

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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