Lahore—Senior Member Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit Law & Order Salman Sufi has said that approval of Punjab Protection of Women Bill (PPWB) 2015 is a good omen for the elimination of increasing incidents of violence against women in the society. He said that Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Bill 2015 has been passed unanimously by the Punjab Assembly in an attempt to balance the system that is unjustly rigged in favor of the perpetrators of VAW crimes.
He told that after holding numerous meetings to thoroughly address and incorporate all reservations of members of the civil society, leaders of the opposition, Islamic scholars and members of the committee this bill was passed. He said that this bill was presented in the assembly on the directions of Chief Minister Punjab, who wanted to ensure that legislation shouldn’t merely be rhetorical but should make a real difference in the lives of women victims.
He said it is for the first time that a bill comprehensively provides protection through an in-built implementation mechanism to ensure speedy justice-delivery to women victims of violence. He told that according to an impartial analysis, Pakistan has been declared as the third most dangerous country in the world for women. He said although the conviction rate for such cases is still very low yet violence against women cases are increasing in Punjab.
He said that in Punjab, daily, 6 women are murdered or attempted to murder, 8 raped, 11 battered and assaulted, and 32 women are abducted.
He told that the bill was approved by the cabinet in May 2015 and first laid before the Punjab Assembly in June 2015. He said that many reservations were raised against the bill but in order to address these reservations, Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah formed a committee consisting of Minister Population Welfare, Minister Women Development, Minister Social Welfare, Law Minister himself, Jamat-i-Islami’s Dr.
He said that with such strong implementation mechanisms in place, this bill has the power to transform Punjab completely, greatly help reduce the high rates of VAW crimes in the province and provide a level playing field for women.