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Pakistani women turn to once-taboo divorce to escape abuse

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. Pakistani women are slowly turning to divorce to escape abusive and loveless marriages, once taboo and still a dangerous option in this strict Muslim nation even as more women become empowered by rising employment and awareness of their rights. But the number of women with the courage to seek divorce remains small in the face of Pakistan's powerful religious right and growing Islamic conservatism, and in a male-dominated nation where few champion women's rights. Photo taken December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. Pakistani women are slowly turning to divorce to escape abusive and loveless marriages, once taboo and still a...more

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. Pakistani women are slowly turning to divorce to escape abusive and loveless marriages, once taboo and still a dangerous option in this strict Muslim nation even as more women become empowered by rising employment and awareness of their rights. But the number of women with the courage to seek divorce remains small in the face of Pakistan's powerful religious right and growing Islamic conservatism, and in a male-dominated nation where few champion women's rights. Photo taken December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, meets her client to discuss marital issues at her office in Lahore December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, checks her books at her office in Lahore January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, checks her books at her office in Lahore January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Maryam Suheyl, a marriage and family therapist, checks her books at her office in Lahore January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza
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