Karachi: The recently passed bill pertaining to protection of women against harassment is commendable, but few objectionable points of the bill must be revisited.
The government should create awareness of the women protection laws through electronic media so that women in all parts of the country could know their rights.
This is the opinion of Justice R Majida Rizvi, who was addressing a session on “Legal Prospects for the Protection of Women’s Rights in Pakistan” held at the Arts Auditorium KU on Tuesday.
The session was jointly organised by the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair (SMMBC) and the Faculty of Law, University of Karachi.
“Islam has provided more rights to women as compared to the other religions,” she said. “Female officers should be deployed in every police station to curb the cases of women harassment in police stations.”
The justice said that former prime minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was a visionary leader and a role model for the women.
SMMBC Director Sahar Gul said the system of democracy was not only the process of setting up elections, but actually it meant to address public issues and ensure good governance.
“Pakistan’s parliament, judiciary and other sectors are male dominant while electronic media does not portray a positive image of women.”
She said that the 18th constitutional amendment had brought great changes but provinces had not done sufficient legislations.
“During the tenure of Benazir Bhutto as prime minister, women police stations and banks were established while a large number of women joined the judiciary.”
The dean of the Faculty of Law, KU, Professor Dr Justice R Ghous Muhammad, said the women in Muslim countries were facing a number of problems due to the societal structures, not the religious norms.
“This argument is a flawed one that religion is a hurdle towards women empowerment as Islam is the only religion that granted equal rights to the women in the time when women were buried alive.”
He observed that democracy was the best governance system for Pakistan, but it should provide basic necessities of life and justice.