KARACHI: Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan has said that government should revisit the laws and practices to eliminate discrimination against women and adopt effective legislation to promote and protect women’s rights. Chief Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan on Saturday was addressing a seminar titled Prevention of Anti Women Practices Act 2011 and its implementation at Art Council of Pakistan.
The seminar was organized by Pakistan Women Lawyers Association (Pawla). Chief Justice further stressed that existing laws protecting women’s right should be implemented in letter and spirit and also legal awareness programme to educate women about their legal right and way to protect themselves be launched. He opined that country had laws such as Prevention of Anti Women Practices (Criminal law Amendment) Act 2011 because of persistent and combined efforts at the national and local level. Despite the presence of such laws, we are still facing intimidating challenges, he added.
He held that Islam is the religion that provides compete protection and equal rights to the women yet women are vulnerable to abuse in the society. He said that there were several practices and customs in this country which were not only against human dignity but also violated the human rights.