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Marriage: covenant or contract?

In Pakistan, to be born into the minority Christian community and female – definitely to be a Christian woman – is both a challenge and a kind of punishment.

Chris Sugden

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A challenge, because it opens a Pandora’s box of issues related to social class, marital status and religious discrimination as well as gender bias. A punishment, because sometimes there is no redress from the law or even support from the church. In their own country these people are treated as outsiders and when they go abroad they are viewed as ‘Pakistani’. Thus they are ostracised everywhere! There are two sides to the picture. One is where all the social media, journalistic media, political parties and politicians say ‘all is well’. But is it really? What about the stark reality of the other side of this picture where many issues go unspoken, unheard or unread?