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NCSW DI Khan statement

ISLAMABAD, Monday, Nov 13, 2017: The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) urges the KP government to register FIR against the perpetrators of girl stripping in DI Khan under section 354-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

The Commission has also noted with concern that the FIR has been registered against the perpetrators under 354, 342, 148 and 149 of PPC while ignoring section 354-A, the clause which makes the offence non-bailable and non- compoundable. In this regard, the NCSW has already written a follow up letter to the IG Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.

While appreciating the summoning of concerned SHO on alleged support to the accused, the Commission also calls upon the provincial government to suspend the current SHO and depute an investigation officer from outside the region to avoid the chances of any injustice meted out to the victim on the basis of local or political links.

On October 27, 2017, a teenage girl was stripped and paraded around the streets of Dera Ismail Khan’s Matt area, to pay the price for her brother’s crime. A case has been registered against the perpetrators and eight suspects have been arrested so far. However the prime suspect is still not arrested.

The NCSW strongly believes that any lenient view towards this heinous act could raise major concern over safety and security of women in the county. Therefore, the NCSW urges the intervention of IG KP government to ensure impartial investigation and inclusion of relevant section of law in the FIR along with the accurate facts.

Once again, the Commission stresses for the need to give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators for their crime and provide justice to the victims without any further delay.

Chairperson NCSW
Khawar Mumtaz

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