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MCI lady members visit Violence Against Women Centre

Zubair Qureshi

For women victims of domestic and physical violence, assault, gang rape, acid throwing and several other social and gender-related crimes, Islamabad police’s newly set-up Violence Against Women Centre (a transformation from earlier Women Police Station) in Sector G-7 has turned into a ‘role model’ institute with regard to providing quick legal, medical, mental and psychological relief.
Its popularity is on the rise gradually and steadily and representatives of women organizations, diplomats and rights activists have lauded its role for quick response and relief.
A female delegation of Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) on Monday under Gender Responsive Policing Project (GRPP) visited the centre and took round of its various departments. Superintendent of Police (SP) Headquarters and Incharge of the centre, Sumera Azam welcomed the guests and briefed them about its working and its complaint-redressal procedure.
A separate helpline (8090) dedicated only to the complaints related to women grievances has been set up and all such complaints are addressed through a quick mobile response unit, SP Sumera told the visiting team of the MCI lady members.
In order to quickly respond and for instant relief and peace to the traumatized victims, an ambulance is also there besides a doctor and two psychiatrists and they are providing round-the-clock service, she said adding one-referral pathway has also been designed in order to ensure hassle free help for women citizens.
To a question SP Headquarters said not only complaints of violence could be lodged at the centre complaints regarding harassment at workplaces are also registered as per law.
Later, talking to media persons, MCI lady member Ms Humaira Hussain said it was a positive initiative taken by Islamabad police as the usual rigid environment that intimidates a complainant was absent from there and the lady police staff was quite friendly and helpful. Talking to Pakistan Observer SP Sumera said Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson also visited the centre later in the day and termed it a good initiative of the Islamabad police for female victims. Deputy Director Gender Crime Cell, Nighat Haider appreciated the efforts of GRPP team and assured cooperation for community meetings.

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