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Govt committed to ensure protection, promotion of women rights

Govt committed to ensure protection, promotion of women rights

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday told the National Assembly that total number of honour killings cases registered in the country in the last four-and-a-half year (January 2014- June 2018) are 1,548, Wanni cases are 45 and other heinous crimes are 5,416 in number.

During question hour session of the National Assembly, she said that cases of women murdered on the pretext of Karo Kari, cases of Wanni and other heinous barbarous practices are registered with federal and provincial police departments in terms of criminal offences. Accordingly, the action is taken against the persons involved in such cases, she said.

She said that the government of Pakistan is committed to ensuring protection and promotion of women rights as envisaged under the Constitution of Pakistan as well as international commitments by adopting all possible measures.

She said that the PTI government is going to table a comprehensive bill for the protection of the rights of women, children and the poor. She said that according to it, the government would provide legal as well as financial assistance to these people.

Answering to a question, she said that the number of cases of women and girls raped/ gang raped during the the aforementioned period is 14,003.

The minister also criticised the ban in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on male chief guests at government girls’ schools.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, she hoped that the decision would be reviewed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

She also spoke on the proposed Watta-Satta marriage of two female doctors in Rojhan and how it had been stopped.

On November 1 it was reported that a panchayat in Rojhan had ordered a family to accept the marriage proposal of their two daughters in a Watta-Satta agreement or withdraw claims from agricultural land.

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