1. Roohi Bano is an iconic Pakistani actress who contributed heavily (with her mesmerizing acting) to the success of Urdu and Punjabi language teleplays broadcast by a fledgling Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) during the late 1960's, the 1970's and the mid-1980's ... She is the daughter of the renowned Indian musical maestro, Ustad Allah Rakha (master Tabla player and classical musician) and is the sister of Indian musician Zakir Husain.
    Roohi Bano teamed up with Urdu and Punjabi playwrights like Munnoo Bhai, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia, Dr. Enver Sajjad and the massively popular Haseena Moeen.
    The list of her memorable performances is long.... one can list her role in Munnoo Bhai's Punjabi drama serial "Jazeera", many short teleplays (25-30 min. duration) which aired on PTV in the 6pm-7pm prime time slot, her many roles in the revolutionary drama serial "Aik mohabbat sau afsaanay" written by Ashfaq Ahmad (before his strange atavistic reversal to Pakistan Military's version of Pakistani Islam) .... this included a masterful performance by Roohi Bano of a teenaged laborer working in an orchard who falls secretly in love with the new village school teacher.... her role in the Munnoo Bhai long teleplay (2 hour duration) "Darwaza" (which I will upload either here, on my YouTube channel or on my Google eblog Naee Manzil Naee Raahein) all the way to her memorable performances in the first two drama serials written by Haseena Moeen ("Kiran Kahani" and "Zair, Zabar, Paish").
    Unfortunately for Roohi Bano, the failure of her marriage combined with political victimization by Lahore Studios producers of PTV (who refused to cast her in any plays after she opted to act in Haseena Moeen tele serials from Karachi Studios... Roohi was a victim of petty professional jealousy of PTV producers) to take a toll on her mental health and she slid into a long and chronic depression from the late 1980's till the present time (July, 2015).

    Khawar Naeem Hashmi states that in 2005-2006, Roohi Bano's mother died mysteriously (possibly related to disputes take over bids for Roohi Bano's land and property??)... Roohi's mother's body was found burned in her apartment in Karachi.

    In 2006, her only son Ali (who had entered into a real estate partnership with some of his friends) was abducted by unknown assailants and murdered (Roohi says he was tortured apparently to sign over the business or rights to property owned by Roohi Bano) .... his body was dumped by the roadside where a passerby noticed it after hearing the repeated ring tones from Ali's cell phone. The Pakistani police's version is that some suspects tried to snatch his cell phone and shot him fatally when Ali tried to resist this theft... why then was his cell phone still with his dead body? The corrupt Pakistani police can't even cook up a lie properly!!

    Roohi Bano was treated for her depression in the psychiatric care center "Fountain House" in Lahore and made a terrific recovery which is evident in this interview recorded in January, 2007. She was employed by Fountain House as a Psychiatric Councilor and given a room on the premises. After her psychiatrist left Fountain House, the new management discharged her from the center because Roohi Bano could not afford the expensive medications used to treat her mental depression. She returned to her residence in Gulberg III, Lahore and lived alone, being sent meals daily by her only sister Rubina via a servant.

    Since 2008 onwards, Roohi Bano slid back into depression. There were thefts... her car and household furniture were stolen... In 2012 and 2013 Pakistan's electronic media (local and national cable and satellite TV channels) highlighted her poor mental health and her miserable living conditions.

    In 2013-2014, the dynamic duo of the popular and creative Urdu playwright Fasih Bari Khan and the immensely talented Director Mazhar Moin conceived of a play written specifically for Roohi Bano. The play was "Aik Aur Aurat" which Fasih Bari Khan worte and which was eventually broadcast from Hum TV.

    The latest interview was done by Sophia Mirza (one time host in Geo's Khabarnaak Talk Show) of Samaa TV in March-April, 2015.

    The latest news, as of April 27th, 2015 was that she was attacked in her home with a knife (man tried to make her sign away rights to her home) but was lucky enough to survive.

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  2. The story of a young teenaged girl from a small village near Gujranwala, Punjab province, Pakistan whose own father and her step-mother (as well as the village priest or imam or moulvi) tried to have her forcibly wed to a man who was a total stranger to her! Upon her refusal, they beat her up mercilessly, threw her in a taxi cab and took her in an unconscious state to Rawalpindi and handed her over to her in-laws ... this happened when she had not signed any marriage certificate and a marriage ceremony or nikah had not been carried out by the priest (read goon). This video clip is from the Pakistan TV cable channel " News 1" (executive producer: Seema Taher Khan) documentary series "Sach kaa Safar" (translation: The Journey of Truth) directed by TV host, investigative reporter and director Iqbal Hussein.
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  3. Ms. Zar Aslam has launched a Pink Rickshaw Scheme for training women to drive a Rickshaw to earn a livelihood. This program has been going on since 2015 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is going from strength to strength.
    Pakistani women residing in Lahore may telephone Ms. Zar Aslam at 321 413 2818 , the Creator/Convener of the Pink Rickshaw Scheme for Women to enroll in this effort to empower Pakistani women. It has been running since 2015.
    For Pakistani women residing outside Pakistan, the contact number is 011 92 321 413 2818

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  4. Roohi Bano is an iconic Pakistani actress who contributed heavily (with her mesmerizing acting) to the success of Urdu and Punjabi language teleplays broadcast by a fledgling Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) during the late 1960's, the 1970's and the mid-1980's ... She is the daughter of the renowned Indian musical maestro, Ustad Allah Rakha (master Tabla player and classical musician) and is the sister of Indian musician Zakir Husain.
    Roohi Bano teamed up with Urdu and Punjabi playwrights like Munnoo Bhai, Ashfaq Ahmad, Bano Qudsia, Dr. Enver Sajjad and the massively popular Haseena Moeen.
    The list of her memorable performances is long.... one can list her role in Munnoo Bhai's Punjabi drama serial "Jazeera", many short teleplays (25-30 min. duration) which aired on PTV in the 6pm-7pm prime time slot, her many roles in the revolutionary drama serial "Aik mohabbat sau afsaanay" written by Ashfaq Ahmad (before his strange atavistic reversal to Pakistan Military's version of Pakistani Islam) .... this included a masterful performance by Roohi Bano of a teenaged laborer working in an orchard who falls secretly in love with the new village school teacher.... her role in the Munnoo Bhai long teleplay (2 hour duration) "Darwaza" (which I will upload either here, on my YouTube channel or on my Google eblog Naee Manzil Naee Raahein) all the way to her memorable performances in the first two drama serials written by Haseena Moeen ("Kiran Kahani" and "Zair, Zabar, Paish").
    Unfortunately for Roohi Bano, the failure of her marriage combined with political victimization by Lahore Studios producers of PTV (who refused to cast her in any plays after she opted to act in Haseena Moeen tele serials from Karachi Studios... Roohi was a victim of petty professional jealousy of PTV producers) to take a toll on her mental health and she slid into a long and chronic depression from the late 1980's till the present time (July, 2015).

    Khawar Naeem Hashmi states that in 2005-2006, Roohi Bano's mother died mysteriously (possibly related to disputes take over bids for Roohi Bano's land and property??)... Roohi's mother's body was found burned in her apartment in Karachi.

    In 2006, her only son Ali (who had entered into a real estate partnership with some of his friends) was abducted by unknown assailants and murdered (Roohi says he was tortured apparently to sign over the business or rights to property owned by Roohi Bano) .... his body was dumped by the roadside where a passerby noticed it after hearing the repeated ring tones from Ali's cell phone. The Pakistani police's version is that some suspects tried to snatch his cell phone and shot him fatally when Ali tried to resist this theft... why then was his cell phone still with his dead body? The corrupt Pakistani police can't even cook up a lie properly!!

    Roohi Bano was treated for her depression in the psychiatric care center "Fountain House" in Lahore and made a terrific recovery which is evident in this interview recorded in January, 2007. She was employed by Fountain House as a Psychiatric Councilor and given a room on the premises. After her psychiatrist left Fountain House, the new management discharged her from the center because Roohi Bano could not afford the expensive medications used to treat her mental depression. She returned to her residence in Gulberg III, Lahore and lived alone, being sent meals daily by her only sister Rubina via a servant.

    Since 2008 onwards, Roohi Bano slid back into depression. There were thefts... her car and household furniture were stolen... In 2012 and 2013 Pakistan's electronic media (local and national cable and satellite TV channels) highlighted her poor mental health and her miserable living conditions.

    In 2013-2014, the dynamic duo of the popular and creative Urdu playwright Fasih Bari Khan and the immensely talented Director Mazhar Moin conceived of a play written specifically for Roohi Bano. The play was "Aik Aur Aurat" which Fasih Bari Khan worte and which was eventually broadcast from Hum TV.

    The latest interview was done by Sophia Mirza (one time host in Geo's Khabarnaak Talk Show) of Samaa TV in March-April, 2015.

    The latest news, as of April 27th, 2015 was that she was attacked in her home with a knife (man tried to make her sign away rights to her home) but was lucky enough to survive.

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  5. The story of Kye-Naat Soomro, a 14-year old girl from Pakistan who, in 2007, was drugged, kidnapped and brutally gang raped for 3 days by four men, including an influential upper middle class businessman. The tribal council or Jirga decided that the family of Kye-Naat Soomro should not register a case with the police but should instead kill the girl since she had "lost her virginity outside of marriage!!"
    The family of Kye-Naat Soomro refused and started an 8 years long judicial struggle which still continues. Kye-Naat Soomro's case was registered and brought to trial in Sindh High Court but she lost because the judge believed the alleged rapists story that the girl had actually run away from home to marry one of the accused rapists and was not raped at all!! All of the men had initially denied any involvement in the gang rape but at the time of the trial, one of the men changed his testimony to claim that he had allegedly married the girl and that there was no rape committed. A doctored marriage certificate was produced in court and Kye-Naat rebutted that the four men had forced her at gun point to sign her name and put her thumbprint on some documents during the 3-day long gang rape and that she had signed out of fear for her life...she was only 14 years old at the time! No witnesses to the marriage were produced in court. Two photographs showing Kye-Naat standing with one of the rapists were produced but the original negatives of those photographs were not produced as evidence.
    Kye-Naat and her family were brutally persecuted by the influential tribal council and the alleged rapists and forced to flee from their home town and take refuge in a two room apartment in Karachi, Pakistan. They were forced to leave behind their land, their store, their two automobiles and their house. After the High Court verdict against Kye-Naat's claim of gang rape, her eldest brother was murdered, allegedly by the four men accused of her gang rape. After widespread protests in Karachi in support of Kye-Naat Soomro, the provincial government appointed two armed guards to protect Kye-Naat. The NGO War Against Rape (Sarah Zaman, Director) and the human rights lawyer Faisal Siddiqui continue to support Soomro and pursue her appeal to the Supreme Court.

    Additional Material from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    wikiwand.com/en/Kainat_Soomro
    Kainat Soomro (born May 2nd, 1993 in Mehar, Sindh province, Pakistan) is a young woman struggling to obtain justice for her gang rape at the age of 14. In 2007, Soomro claimed that she stopped into a local store to buy a toy for her niece while walking home from school. She was allegedly drugged, kidnapped, and subsequently gang-raped by four men, among them a father and son; she escaped three days after being taken captive.
    The local council of elders (Jirga) decided that Kainat Soomro was a female of bad (black) character or “Kari” and should be honor killed (“Karo Kari”). When her father refused to carry out their verdict, he was threatened. Fearing the subsequent backlash of this tribal ruling after being subject to several attacks, however, Soomro's family fled to Karachi.
    Defiant of traditional norms, Soomro took her alleged perpetrators to court where the judge ultimately ruled that they were innocent, stating that "There is no corroborative evidence available on record. The sole testimony of the alleged rape survivor is not sufficient."Kainat worked with the group WAR, War Against Rape, to try to bring her attackers to justice.
    During her captivity, Kainat was supposedly married to Ahsan Thebo, one of the alleged rapists, a ceremonial tactic that is apparently often used in Pakistan to avoid the harsh penalty for rape: death. The cleric who performed the marriage claimed that she looked eighteen and that she did not appear to have been forced into the marriage. The judge upheld the marriage according to Islamic law, which still takes precedence over Pakistani law, even though she was thirteen at the time and below the age of consent according to Pakistani law. She did remember signing some unknown documents and that her thumbprints were taken at gunpoint. Pakistani law did not recognize marital rape as legitimate at the time of the trial.
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