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Pakistan’s first lady Supreme Court decide Ayesha Malik sworn in

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Malik, 55, now sits on the bench alongside 16 male colleagues on the nation’s highest courtroom.

Pakistan has sworn in Ayesha Malik as its first feminine Supreme Court decide, a landmark event in a nation the place activists say the regulation is usually wielded towards girls.

Malik, 55, attended a ceremony within the capital Islamabad the place she now sits on the bench alongside 16 male colleagues at Pakistan’s highest courtroom.

“It’s a huge step forward,” lawyer and girls’s rights activist Nighat Dad instructed the AFP information company. “It is history in the making for Pakistan’s judiciary.”

Malik was educated at Harvard University and served as a excessive courtroom decide in Pakistan’s jap metropolis of Lahore for the previous 20 years.

She has been credited with rolling again patriarchal authorized mores in her Punjab province jurisdiction.

Last 12 months, she outlawed a deeply invasive and medically discredited virginity take a look at used on girls who reported being raped or sexually assaulted.

Women in Pakistan battle for justice in rape and sexual assault circumstances and the take a look at was seen as a method for investigating authorities to discredit victims by casting aspersion on their character.

Malik’s elevation to the apex courtroom of Pakistan could clear the best way for extra girls to enter the traditionally conservative and male-dominated judiciary of the Muslim-majority republic.

“She has broken all barriers in the judicial system and it will allow other women in the system to move forward,” mentioned lawyer and girls’s rights activist Khadija Siddiqi.

“I hope this will lead to more women-centric decisions by the judiciary in the future.”

But her appointment has been mired in controversy for the previous 4 months, with claims she jumped a queue of extra senior male candidates certified for the submit.

Earlier this month, the Pakistan Bar Council staged a strike to protest towards Malik’s nomination.

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