• News
    The Telegraph

    Eight-year-old Pakistani maid 'beaten to death by employers for letting parrots out of cage'

    An eight-year-old child maid was allegedly beaten to death by her employers for releasing their prized parrots from a cage, in a case which has caused outcry in Pakistan. Zohra Shah opened the cage to feed the birds on Sunday, only for the birds to fly away. Her enraged employers at the home in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, are accused of beating her unconscious before dumping her at a nearby hospital. She died of her injuries. A preliminary police case said Zohra had been alive when taken to the hospital with injuries to her face, hands, abdomen and legs. Police said the couple were arrested the same day and the husband admitted he and his wife had beaten Zohra after she let his "expensive pet parrots escape from their cage". They have been remanded in custody. The death reignited the issue of the exploitation of child labour and domestic servants in the country. Zohra from Punjab's Kot Addu city had begun work for the unnamed couple four months ago, to take care of their one-year-old child, police said. The couple had promised to provide the girl an education. Pakistan has huge numbers of children at work, and according to a 2018 report by the Human Rights Commision of Pakistan (HRCP) some 12 million are employed. The abuse of young domestic staff has made the news before. Earlier this year, in another notorious case, the Supreme Court set aside the extended three-year sentence against a former judge and his wife who were convicted for torturing their 10-year-old maid Tayyaba. Shireen Mazari, Pakistan's minster for human rights, said she was following the case. The government favoured amending the law to class domestic labour as a hazardous occupation for children, she said. The Employment of Children’s Act 1991 prohibits employing children under 14 years of age in unsafe and hazardous environments such as factories, carpet industries and mines. “In the absence of a proper law to protect domestic labour, this is the quickest way to protect children,” Dr Mazari told Dawn newspaper. Sharmila Faruqi, a leader of the opposition Pakistan People's Party, said: “The barbarity of this is sickening.”

  • Health
    Evening Standard

    Major setback as shock analysis shows coronavirus transmission levels rising in England

    England's battle against coronavirus appears to have suffered a major setback in recent days as transmission levels rise probably due to more travelling and mixing between households, a shock analysis warned today.The research by a Cambridge University/Public Health England joint modelling team suggested the disease may now be spreading very slightly in the North West, is at a stand-still level in the South West, and is declining in other regions, but far more slowly in London than previously.

  • Celebrity
    HuffPost

    Wife Of Coronavirus-Stricken Actor Nick Cordero Told To Say Goodbye

    Amanda Kloots said she's still clinging to faith as her Broadway star husband struggles with COVID-19.

  • Celebrity
    HuffPost UK

    Kate Garraway Reveals Husband Is Free Of Covid-19 But Disease Has ‘Wreaked Extraordinary Damage’

    The Good Morning Britain presenter returned to the ITV show to update viewers on Derek Draper’s condition.

  • Celebrity
    The Independent

    Pansexuality: What does it mean and how is it different from being bisexual?

    Cara Delevingne has said that she identifies as pansexual.Speaking to Variety, the actor and model explained that she has previously avoided using labels to describe herself but that now, she feels comfortable with the term.

  • Celebrity
    Yahoo News UK

    Norwegian Princess reveals she and her black boyfriend had death threats over their relationship

    Princess Martha Louise says she and her boyfriend have been threatened over their relationship.

  • Lifestyle
    Country Living

    20 Recipes Worth Making During Quarantine

    From easy-to-make dishes, to ones worth learning, here are the recipes we most suggest. From Country Living