ISLAMABAD: In a letter addressed to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faiz Essa, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) on Sunday called for immediate and comprehensive action to combat the alarming issue of violence against women in the country, while demanding swift justice in the Noor Mukaddam case.
The NCSW, a statutory body dedicated to promoting and protecting women’s rights in Pakistan, commended Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa on his recent appointment, highlighting his wealth of experience and dedication to justice. The organisation expressed confidence in his leadership and the judiciary’s ability to uphold fairness and integrity.
“A shocking and deeply disturbing incident that sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The murder of Noor Mukaddam has spotlighted the urgent need for a strong and effective response to address the pervasive issue of violence against women in Pakistan,” said NCSW Chairperson Nilofar Bakhtiar in her letter.
She said as Noor Mukaddam’s birthday approached on October 23, it served as a solemn reminder of lives lost and countless others at risk. The NCSW urged Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa to recognise the broader implications of such cases on the safety and well-being of women across the nation.
Nilofar writes letter to chief justice, demands action to combat gender violence
The letter emphasised the critical importance of expeditious justice.
“A swift and transparent legal process not only provides closure to victims and their families but also serves as a deterrent to potential perpetrators. Accountability is identified as the key to breaking the cycle of violence against women,” she said.
The NCSW implored the Supreme Court to prioritise and expedite cases related to violence against women. Timely trials and appropriate punishment for those found guilty would send a strong message that such heinous acts would not be tolerated in Pakistani society.
Furthermore, a swift judicial response could significantly alter the narrative concerning women’s safety in the country.
Nilofar Bakhtiar said her office expressed its unwavering confidence in Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa’s leadership and the judiciary’s role as a beacon of justice for all citizens.
“His commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of the vulnerable is deemed crucial in fostering a society where every individual feels secure and valued,” she said.
The letter concluded by thanking Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa for his attention to this critical matter and expressed trust that his tenure would bring about positive and transformative changes in the legal system.
The National Commission on the Status of Women’s letter underscored the urgency of addressing violence against women in Pakistan and appealed to the highest judicial authority to use his office to promote justice, accountability and the safety of women in the country.