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NCSW OUTRAGES ON RISING NUMBER OF CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BY POLICE

Nov 30, -0001

The National Commission on the Status of Women is outraged at the rising number of cases where police is involved in violence against women. One after the other we are seeing cases where the police officials who are supposed to protect the citizens are violating not only the police laws and Procedures but also the law of the land.
In recent case of a young school girl from Taxila who was kept in illegal confinement for more than 15 days, highlights the abuse of power and criminal activity of the police. We also note that it took the police over two months just to register an FIR against their fellow policemen, only after public uproar. Such cases also indicate a subculture within the police force that accepts and hides such violations.
The Commission strongly demands strict action against those who violate the police code and the laws of this country. Exemplary punishments should be given to such policemen.
We acknowledge that there are law abiding policemen and those who are committed to clean out this law enforcing agency; however there is still a number of senior police officials providing protection to such incidents. This trend needs to be stopped and the focus should be changed to providing justice for the citizen.
The Commission has observed that it is not only in Punjab but in the whole country where such abuse of authority by the police is witnessed. We are also concerned about the political patronage to the criminals and unchecked police powers, which is encouraging them to undertake such heinous crimes. These legislators are bound by the constitution to uphold the law of the country and to protect the lives and the dignity of the citizens. There should be accountability of such politicians.
The Commission demands immediate accountability of the policemen involved in all such cases.
Anis Haroon
Chairperson, National Commission of the Status of Women

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