THIS is apropos of the Dawn report on the First Independent Women Police Station with a 24-hour helpline 1213, which has been established at the Saddar police station and was inaugurated by National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza (Nov 27).
There was a young 24-year-old working lady who, along with her sister and mother, was brutally beaten by her husband.
He also took away her eight-month-old son and all her belongings and threw them out of the house. This unfortunate lady approached the First Independent Women Police Station. The lady police officer, after hearing the woman, sent her to New Town Police Station, Karachi.
The New Town Police Station did not entertain her and sent her away showing their inability to help her or accept her application or register an FIR.
The poor lady again went to the First Independent Women Police who yet again sent her to Artillery Police Station. They too turned her away.
As many as 13 days passed and she could not get any help.
Ultimately, the poor woman went to the CPLC, at Gate No 4, Governor’s House. The CPLC heard her vows and without waiting it got her son back from the husband and also some of her belongings.
The CPLC is constantly in touch with the young lady to further help her.
One wonders what the creation of the First Independent Women Police Station, that too with a 24-hour helpline, will do for the hapless and needy women of Pakistan seeking justice, if they could not help this poor woman.
I have a humble suggestion: can the National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, merge the First Independent Women Police Station at Saddar with the CPLC? Maybe that way, they will play their part.