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Effective implementation of domestic Violence Act

Jan 20, 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Karachi—Stakeholders from diverse backgrounds while appreciating the passage of Sindh Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2013, urged the provincial government to expedite making of Rules of Business for early and effective implementation.

Participants strongly recommended that other provinces should follow suit with similar legislation.

Sindh is the first province to pass a law on domestic violence making Pakistan one of the 90 countries in the world which have legislation against domestic  violence. National Commission on the Status of Women and Shirkat Gah  Women’s Resource Centre jointly organized a national consultation to highlight the key features of the Sindh law and discuss the need and status of Legislation on Domestic Violence across Pakistan.

Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission welcomed the long-awaited Act as a crucial step in upholding the safety and dignity of survivors of domestic violence. She stressed on the need for similar legislation in all the provinces with a framework to ensure effective implementation of existing laws. Chair Person Provincial Commissions on the Status of Women in KPK and AJK, Minister for Women’s Development Sadia Danish from Gilgit Baltistan, MPAs from Punjab, KPK, Balochistan; lawyers and members of civil society organizations also emphasized the need for laws on domestic violence in provinces and demanded effective operational grievance redressal mechanism. 

Minister of Women’s Development Ms. Rubina Qaimkhani, Social Welfare and Education for Special People reiterated strong commitment of the government for implementation of theDomestic Violence Law. 

“Awareness campaign on the law has been initiated by the Ministry and mechanisms for monitoring in collaboration with the civil society will be formulated for effective implementation” she said adding that all stakeholders are being taken onboard in this regard”. Secretary Women’s Development Department, Sindh announced plans for formation of the Provincial Commission on Domestic Violence within 10 days. 

The Commission has responsibility for oversight of the law and leading its implementation. Protection Committees at Tehsil level will be notified soon with responsibility for providing support to survivors, documenting cases and making referrals. 

Sindh MPA Mehtab Rashdi and Former Minister and Chair of NCSW, Anees Haroon recommended linkages between all related departments with coordinated multilateral action ofSocial Welfare, Women’s Development and Home Departments, police, health, judges and social services.

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