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Women body to probe Haripur incident

PESHAWAR: Provincial Commission on the Status of Women has decided to hold its own independent inquiry into the alleged naked parade of a woman on the orders of a jirga in Haripur district on June 7.

In this regard, Zubaida Khatoon, chairperson of the commission, convened a meeting of the Committee on Gender-Based Violence on Thursday to discuss the issue. The committee has the membership of Aurat Foundation, Shirkat Gah, Blue Veins, Noor Trust and Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation, said a press release issued by the commission here.

The meeting took notice of the incident of disgrace of woman by some individuals on the decision of a local jirga in Nilore Bala village of Haripur, it said.

The committee decided to hold its own inquiry into the incident and meet the relevant persons in Haripur district for this purpose. The commission has resolved to monitor the case to safeguard any lapse in dispensation of justice to the victim and to ensure that exemplary punishment was handed down to the culprits and jirga members.

Source: Dawn

Date:6/17/2011

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