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HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Human Rights Nadia Gabol has said that a comprehensive plan for creating awareness about human rights among the women and children of the rural areas of the province would be executed.

She said that under the plan, awareness about human rights will be given by organising seminars and other events with the objective to put an end to increasing human rights violations in the rural areas of Sindh.

She was talking to media persons after attending a ceremony here at the Central Prison on Saturday.

The minister said the department has so far registered 1,500 cases of torture and violence in ten districts of the province. Majority of these cases were due to marriages of choice and domestic issues, she added.

Nadia said lack of education and lawlessness are the main causes in the increase of human rights violations in rural areas of the province while no efforts were made at the official level to promote code of ethics in these areas.

Responding to a question, the minister said that human rights situation has improved in the prisons of the province, however, time is still required to provide 100 percent facilities to prisoners.

No major case of human rights violation has so far been reported from any prison in Sindh after efforts were initiated by the Department of Human Rights, she said.

Replying to another question, she said 60 percent cases of criminal assaults reported in Karachi were found baseless. Due to non availability of the facility of the DNA test, the investigations against such assaults are difficult, she added.

The minister said that non-governmental organisations, which are getting funds in respect of human rightsí improvement were not utilising the aid in right direction, therefore, the Sindh Social Welfare Department has suspended the registration of 750 non-governmental organisations. The minister also distributed Eid gifts and clothes among the juvenile prisoners.
Source: The News
Date:11/27/2011

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