In an apparent bid to curb the rising tide of crimes against women, the government is all set to pass in the coming weeks an anti-honour killing bill and an ant-rape bill during the joint sitting of parliament.
The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday told Reuters that the two pro-women bills will be discussed in a special parliamentary committee meeting, whose first meeting is going to be held today (Thursday).
Earlier, the proposed laws – Criminal Laws Amendment Bill, 2015, and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015 – had lapsed as they could not be passed by the National Assembly within the stipulated timeframe of 90 days.
The bills were originally laid in the Senate in January 2014 by a former senator Sughra Imam as a private members bill. However, they could not make their way in the joint sitting of Parliament in April this year, mainly due to opposition from the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F).
However, the government last week constituted a special body –Committee of Joint Sittings Bills – to expedite legislation on the long-delayed process.