By: Razzak Abro
KARACHI: Sindh government has decided to make fresh legislation for protection of women rights in the province.
The government has also constituted an eight-member committee comprising women legislators of the Sindh Assembly belonging to different political parties. The committee will draft a proposed bill in consultation with civil society organisations working for protection of women rights in the province.
The development came at an official meeting held at the Provincial Assembly building with Law Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro in the chair. The eight-member committee include two legislators from the ruling PPP, Provincial Minister for Women Development Rubina Qaimkhani and Sharmila Farooqi, two members from MQM including Erum Uzma, two lawmakers from PML-F, Mahtab Akbar Rashdi and Nusrat Saher Abbasi, and one each from PML-N and PTI, Sorath Thebo and Dr Sima Zia, respectively.
Dr Mandhro told journalists that the committee will prepare a fresh draft in the light of available laws about women rights. He said the government had taken women legislators from all political parties having representation in the Sindh Assembly because it wanted to make legislation with mutual consultation. He said the government intended to make all necessary legislation now which it could not do during its last tenure.
When contacted by Daily Times, one of the committee members, Sharmila Farooqi said there were various serious issues pertaining to women health and rights which need immediate attention and legislation, especially Karo Kari (honour killing), mother and child health.
Besides, she added, the committee will further identify areas which require due attention and legislation. When asked whether province dont need implementation of existing laws instead of enacting more legislation, she said as far as implementation of the laws was concerned, there had been issues, but this should not discourage us from doing our job as legislators. She added they will also constitute working groups in all districts with the area elected members to ensure implementation of these laws.
As far as implementation of the laws is concerned there have been issues but this should not discourage us from doing our job as legislators. We will also constitute working groups in all districts with area elected members to ensure implementation of these laws”.