Governor Punjab Malik Rafique Rajwana on Monday signed the Women protection Bill. The bill approved by the Punjab assembly on February 24 was signed by the governor after which its gazette notification was issued. After the signatures, the bill has now become a law. In the first phase, the bill will be implemented in Multan. Moreover, the government will announce the date of implementation of the bill in every area.
According the bill, those accused of throwing acid on women, rape and other grave offences will be restrained from visiting the concerned female’s work place or areas frequented by her. The offender may also be restrained by the court from contacting the woman based on the evidence submitted by her. The accused person will have to maintain the stated distance from the concerned female as ordered by the court in view of the events.
The bill also states that female victims of domestic violence cannot be evicted from homes without their consent and in case of such an event; the court will reinstate the concerned female’s position.
The bill further highlights that firearms or ammunition found in possession of those convicted of violence against women will also be confiscated.
The court may also order relief for the concerned female as compensation for the damage suffered by her.
A wrist bracelet GPS tracker will not have to be worn by the accused just on the basis of domestic violence. In case of wrongful accusation, a 3 month jail sentence or a fine of Rs50,000 to one lac or both may be ordered. Disobedience of any transitional, protection, residence or monetary order more than once will be penalized by a two year jail sentence or a fine of Rs5 lac.
The District Protection Officer, on complaint of the concerned woman, will be allowed to enter the house. According to the Women Protection Bill, Punjab government will also issue a toll free number.
In my personal opinion this is a great step that the government has taken and is an example for those countries that don’t consider women as worthy of being protected.
I would have thought that every Pakistani out there would be happy and proud of this big step
written by : Misbah Lagharee