Women protection law wins acclaim

  • LAHORE: People from all walks of life have welcomed the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Bill passage in the Punjab Assembly, with some of them criticising the MPAs “who objected to certain clauses”.

    The Bill was passed on Wednesday after remaining pending since May 2015.

    One PPP MPA who sat through the assembly session was Faiza Malik, who herself had moved a Domestic Violence Bill in 2012, which differed in the sense that it aimed to protect all vulnerable persons living under the same roof. These included domestic help, children and elderly persons. However, these are not included in the current bill.

    Ms Malik fully supported the bill that came through the Social Welfare Department.

    “The Bill is originally drafted by Salman Sufi who launched a ‘Violence against Women Centre’ (VAWC) in Multan, where the idea is to have protection and rehabilitation of the women survivors or victims under one roof, including medical counseling and checkups, police procedures and also basic legal documentation,” she said.

    She said “the men in the assembly, especially from the PTI, were the most to cause an issue.” “They were of the view that the bill would cause domestic and family problems, and would interfere with personal issues. They also said divorce rates would go up. It is unbelievable the kind of attitude we have among lawmakers. One male MPA even said to me that religion allows women to be beaten up and that she has no right to let the news out of the house.”

    When asked why other PPP MPAs did not appear, she said most lived out of Lahore and were usually absent, and said many other party members were also not present. From the PPP she and Mian Khurram Jahangir Wattoo were the only ones present. She specified that the members were not told beforehand about the bill, and that was one reason why they were not present.

    “The PTI members did not even want to discuss the bill and state their reservations,” she said referring to her own discussions with some of them.

    Human rights lawyer Ali Imran, who was present in the assembly’s Speaker Box on Wednesday, said that in particular one of the reservations that caused an issue was the clause that said a court could order a GPS tracker to be installed to monitor movement of the defendant, in case he was accused of an act of grave violence or was deemed likely to be committed.

    “Some of the male MPAs found this very derogatory,” he said. “In fact, even the ruling party had trouble finding support. There was an issue of quorum in the assembly as members were very few.”

    He said there was dissent over another clause according to which in order to protect “life, dignity and reputation of the aggrieved, a woman protection officer (WPO) may direct the defendant to move out of the house for 48 hours.

    Aurat Foundation Resident Director Mumtaz Mughal said the bill had originally come into the assembly in April and was approved by the cabinet in May and in the same month returned to the assembly, but since then it had taken a very long time to be passed. She said the bill had originally been an executive order but now was a legal order and this protected its status.

    “We had worked on a bill in 2008 at the National Assembly level, but after the devolution took place a new bill for Punjab had to be introduced,” she said.

    “Sindh and Balochistan assemblies had passed similar bills but did not have a good implementation mechanism, so we learnt from that and though the definition of domestic violence was not included, there are various forms of violence that the bill aims to protect against.”

    PTI MPA Shunila Ruth says that while they did not embrace the bill, they did not oppose it either. “I do admit the running thought of most men in the assembly is that they feel they are being plotted against,” she admitted.

    SP Nabila Ghanzanfar endorsed not just the bill but also the VAWCs that it supports. “We have launched women-friendly front desks in about 10 police stations, but the complaint will still be handled later by investigation wings that have the same chauvinistic attitude,” she says.

    “But this makes life very easy for a woman complainant and eventually more women will become aware of their rights.”


  • Good work by Punjab Government.

  • یہ بل توعورتوں سے زیادہ مردوں کی سائیڈ لے رہا ہے اب کچھ مرد بیویوں سے جگھڑا کر کہ ان لڑکیوں کے پاس آرام سے سو سکیں گے جن کے پاس پہلے بیوی اور قانون کے ڈر سے نہیں جاتے تھے

  • فئیر جی

    ویلکم بیک

    مجھے تو حیرت اس بات کی ہے کہ ڈیزل کیوں پھدک ریا بل آنے کے بعد سے

  • ریاست کا یہ کام نہیں کہ لوگوں کے بیڈروم میں جاکر تصفیے کرائے۔ ریاست کو بیڈروم تک رسائی ایسے معاشروں میں حاصل ہوتی ہے جہاں خاندانی نظام تہس نہس ہو چکا ہواور خاوند اور بیوی کا تصور ہی جن معاشروں سے بالکل معدوم ہو چکا ہو۔

    گو کہ قانون تو یہ خواتین پر تشدد کے خلاف بنایا گیا جو کہ بظاہر بہت اچھی بات ہے لیکن حقیقت میں اسکا استعمال صرف خاندانی نظام کو کمزرو کرنے کے لیے کیا جائے گا۔

    مثال کے طور پر اگر ایک لڑکی گھر سے بغاوت کرکے بے راہ روی کا شکار ہوتی ہے تو پھر باپ اسکو روکنے کا بھی مجاز نہیں ہوگا کیونکہ اس قانون کے تحت یہ قدم نفسیاتی تشدد کہلائے گا۔

    اسی طرح بیوی خاوند پر ریپ کا الزام لگا کر اسے اس قانون کے تحت سزا بھی دلوا سکے گی جیسا کہ چیچک زدہ مغربی معاشروں میں ہوتا ہے۔اب اس بات کا فیصلہ بھی تھانوں اور کچہری میں ہوگا کہ خاوند نے بیوی کے ساتھ ہم بستری کی یا کہ ریپ کیا۔

    بنیادی طور پر یہ قانون پاکستان میں کوئی بڑی تبدیلی نہیں لائے گا کیونکہ ہمارا معاشرہ ایک پرتشدد معاشرہ ہے اور محض ایک قانون بنا دینے سے اس معاشرے میں کوئی تبدیلی نہیں آ جائے گی۔ ہاں البتہ چند ڈالر خور آنٹیوں کو لوگوں کی بچیوں کو گھر سے بھگا کر مال بنانے کا موقع خوب ملے گا۔

  • السلام علیکم

    اس بل کی کچھ شقیں ایسی مضحکہ خیز اور واہیات ہیں کہ ایسا لگتا ہے کہ اس کے ذریعے واقعی مرد کو ہدف بنایا گیا ہے اور عورت کے ذریعے مرد کی تذلیل کروا کے مرد اور عورت کی برابری کا ڈرامہ کیا جائے گا۔ تشدد کرنے والے مرد کو کڑے پہنا دئیے جائیں گے اور اس کو گھر میں داخلے پہ پابندی ہوگی وغیرہ وغیرہ۔۔ یہ کیا خرافات ہیں۔ اور یہ کونسا تشدد روکنے کا طریقہ ہے۔۔ تشدد کے حوالے سے تو پہلے ہی قانون موجود ہیں ان پہ کون سا عمل درآمد ہو گیا ہے جو اس بل کے ذریعے ہوجائے گا۔

    عورت پہ اس ملک میں اصل تشدد کاروکاری، ونی اور قرآن سے شادی جیسی رسومات ہیں۔ کیا اس طرح کے تشدد اور بھیانک رسومات کو کوئی ختم کراسکا ہے۔ کیا اس بل کے ذریعے اندرون سندھ سے اس طرح کی چیزوں کا خاتمہ کرایا جا سکے گا جہاں ایک عورت ٹی وی پہ ایک لوک گلوکار کا گیت سنے اور شوہر اسے اس گلوکار کے ساتھ کاری قرار دے کے ختم کردے۔۔

    اس طرح کے بل پاکستان جیسے معاشرے میں ایک شعبدے بازی اور کھلونے سے زیادہ نہیں۔

    گھرانہ یا فیملی ایک ادارے کی طرح ہوتا ہے جس کا سربراہ مرد

    ہوتا ہے، مرد اگر شوہر کے روپ میں ہے تو بیوی کو اس کے جائز

    باتوں کی اطاعت کرنی چاہیے۔ اور شوہر کو بھی چاہیے کہ مناسب اور نرمی کا رویہ اختیار کرے، بیوی پہ کوئی زور زبردستی نہ کرے اور پیار سے چیزوں کو سمجھائے۔۔

  • It is a good sign but it speaks highly of where we are as a nation. in 2016 we have to pass legislation to protect women and I was under the impression that every human regardless of being male or female, regardless of their religion, caste or creed or color has equal protection rights and have same human rights.

  • Mullahs on the warpath Image and video hosting by TinyPic Perhaps nothing unites our clerics more than women’s issues. The Council of Islamic Ideology deliberates on burning issues like underage marriage (the younger the better), can a woman object to her husband’s second, third and fourth marriages (no), can DNA be used as primary evidence in rape cases (of course not...duh), the interpretation of veil for women, is co-education kosher (no, such an unhealthy practice for society), should female judges be obliged to wear niqab (naturally, yes). Nowadays, the clerics have a new rallying cry. Mullahs — who seal their lips and eyes when women are raped, assaulted, burnt, murdered, humiliated, thrown out of houses, used as barter or traded to compensate for "insults" to ghairatmand (so-called honourable) men — are finally up in arms. What has got their goat this time? The Punjab Assembly has taken the unforgivable step of passing the Women's Protection Act, which seeks to give legal protection to women from domestic, psychological and sexual violence. How ridiculous is that, shout the clerics. This is "an un-Islamic law!" they thunder from their pulpits. Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his coterie are so incensed that they are racing to hold rallies to protest such a draconian move which will grant protection to women from their oppressors. How can this happen in Pakistan, they scream. Yes, they are the very same people who have decided that they are the stakeholders of a country whose very existence they not only campaigned against and denounced but whose founder they termed "Kafir-e-Azam." Now they have positioned themselves as the standard bearers of Pakistan and its ideology. In fact, they are corrupting its ideology to suit their ends. And the supine, pathetic so-called silent majority has let them. In Punjab, violence is a way of life in many homes. Recently, I met a woman from the province who worked as a maid and was widowed at an early age and had struggled to raise her kids. One day when I said, "How sad that your husband died so young…" she interrupted me with a wave of her hand. "Baji, no, no, I am not sorry. He used to hit me so much. At least now no one can raise a hand to me. It's difficult yes, but now, I live life on my own terms." Surprised that this spirited tall woman had once been battered, I asked: "But why did you take it? Why did you not tell him to stop?” “Because Baji, that is the way our men are, They beat us and we get beaten. That is our life." And this is exactly the kind of mindset the mullahs in Pakistan want to perpetuate: powerless women getting abused endlessly and accepting it as their due. http://www.dawn.com/news/1246698/mullahs-on-the-warpath