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Villagers in a remote area of north-west Pakistan are in shock after armed men forced a year-old girl to walk half-naked through the village, claiming it was to redeem their family honour. Local residents say the woman was targeted because of her brother's long-forgotten secret affair with a woman from the assailants' family. The incident, which came to light on Thursday when the media got wind of it, took place last week near the remote town of Chaudhwan, some 80km 50 miles west of Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Police have arrested eight men and are searching for a ninth.
Sixteen-year-old Mariem Chourak is a devout Muslim who considers wearing a hijab an expression of her devotion to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH , but a proposal by French senators might soon deny her the freedom to do so in public spaces. The amendment to an 'anti-separatism' bill designed to strengthen France's secular values and which applies to girls under 18 has drawn outrage and prompted an online protest under the hashtag HandsOffMyHijab PasToucheAMonHijab that went viral beyond French borders. The place of religion and religious symbols worn in public is a long-running matter of controversy in France, a staunchly secular country and home to Europe's largest Muslim minority. France prohibited the wearing of Islamic headscarves in state schools in In , it banned the niqab, the full-face Islamic veil, in public places such as streets, parks, public transport, and administrative buildings. The amendment pertains to all religious symbols, though opponents say it targets Muslims.