Karachi: The Sindh ombudsman will be setting up a women complaint office for protecting the rights of women and children.
Addressing the participants of a seminar on women’s rights organised by the office of the ombudsman at a hotel on Saturday, Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik said the complaint office was being set up in collaboration with the relevant organisation of the United Nations.
A complaint office for protecting the rights of children is already operating under the supervision of the ombudsman.
Malik said he had entertained a number of complaints lodged at the compliant office on behalf of the affected children.
He told the participants of the seminar that a plan was under way for setting up branch offices of the women complaint office.
He said the branches would be set up in different cities of the province to provide the women with easy access to the office of the ombudsman for registering their complaints.
He said the ombudsman’s office was working for eliminating maladministration in government departments and for redressing the grievances of people against those departments.
The ombudsman said the women complaint offices would help stop murders in the name of honour and incidents of harassment in society.
He said that creating awareness regarding the rights of women and children was an important need of the Pakistani society.
No fee is charged by the office of the ombudsman for registering cases against government departments, he added. “Moreover, no advocate is required for registering a case.”
He declared that the ombudsman’s office could be sent applications by post and he would entertain them himself.
He said that in the past, only the Jinnah and Civil hospitals were authorised to deal with medico-legal cases, but to provide quick medical help to victims, more hospitals had been authorised to deal with these cases.
Balochistan Ombudsman Muhammad Wasay Tarin said he would set up a children complaint office on the pattern of the office set up in Sindh.
He said that there was a uniformed police for providing justice and eliminating maladministration in government departments. No dual standards are adopted in delivering justice on part of the ombudsman, he added.
Sindh Ombudsman Secretary Malik Israr, representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United States Agency for International Development, the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and the Women Foundation, lawyers for human rights and legal aid, Director General Attaullah Unar, Director General Zamir Ahmed Khan, Registrar Masood Ishrat and Coordinator M Ali Shah also spoke on the occasion.