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Justice for all domestic violence victims in the country, says Sherry Rehman

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Sherry Rehman

ISLAMABAD: Senator Sherry Rehman, vice-president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), condemned on Saturday the “barbaric and brutal murder of a young girl, Noor Mukadam, in the capital and asked for the provision of prompt justice to all victims of domestic abuse in the country.”

“In the space of two weeks, there have been a number of incidents of domestic violence against women.” With incidences like these occurring on a regular basis, it is critical that we debate why a domestic violence bill is required in Pakistan. Women, children, and other vulnerable populations are intended to be protected against domestic violence under this legislation. Ms Rehman added in a statement that the organization also provides “healing and rehabilitation to all victims of domestic violence.”

When Khadija Siddiqi’s case was brought up, she expressed disbelief at the fact that the guy who had stabbed her 23 times had been granted remission on the basis of his blood donation and the payment of the necessary fines to the authorities in Arsh and Daman. She expressed remorse that the individual did not even get to serve out the remainder of his five-year prison sentence.

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We should not be setting a bad example by acting in this manner. Usman Mirza, on the other hand, who was arrested for assaulting a couple in the city, is still being held on physical remand. In such circumstances, justice must be served as quickly as possible,” she continued.

Mr Rehman expressed disappointment that Pakistan was put in the bottom half of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, which ranked 153 countries in the bottom half of the index. She stated that while there were innumerable examples that were not published or did not make it to social media, one could not dispute that “femicide was taking place” in Pakistan.

It is necessary for someone to accept responsibility for Quratul Ain, who was murdered by her husband in her own home, or for the women who have been beaten up by the men in their own family. The pain of our women must be ignored any longer, says the minister.

She emphasized the necessity of the domestic abuse bill, stating that “this landmark legislation has been long overdue and, most surely, is the call of the hour.” She went on to say that

The moment has come to criminalize activities that endanger the safety and well-being of our female population. Instead of blaming women for sexual violence, it is critical that we seek to change our society’s sexist and misogynistic culture, she stated.

“I introduced this legislation in 2004 while serving as a Member of the National Assembly. Following that, devolution granted provinces the authority to enact legislation to safeguard women. Sindh’s law is still the model law, but why is the federal government unable to recognize either my law, which was passed in the Senate in 2020, or the human rights ministry’s law?” she demanded of the government.

She also happens to be the party’s parliamentary leader in the Senate, and she believes that the government should do more than just intervene in isolated instances. She stated that the government must establish an institutional response system as well as a climate that allows women to feel safe and powerful in both public and private areas.

According to her, “It is also the government’s job to make sure that women feel safe in speaking out against the injustices that are happening to them.”

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