The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly passed a bill to protect women against domestic violence.
According to the details, the bill stated that the violator will be jailed for five years, while financial, mental pressure will fall under the torture over women.
Moreover, District Protection Committees would be formed to ensure the protection of the women.
The committees will be bound to provide help to the victim of domestic violence. In the bill, it has been also recommended to build a helpline for the report of the torture cases.
The plea against the torture would be filed in the court within 15 days and the courts would be bound to announce the verdict on the cases within 60 days, the bill reads.
Let it be known that a minor housemaid was beaten up badly over a fight between children in the Eden Valley area of Faisalabad on December 5, last year.
It may be recalled that he bill for Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2020 was introduced in the National Assembly with the aim to ‘establish an effective system of protection, relief and rehabilitation of women, children, elders and any vulnerable persons against domestic violence’.
Introducing the bill, Federal Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said that the act of domestic violence [if the offence committed does not fall under the Pakistan Penal Code] shall be punishable with imprisonment of maximum three years and minimum six months, depending on the gravity of the crime committed. According to the bill, if an offence falling under the PPC is committed in a domestic relationship, the crime shall be punishable as under the PPC.
A fine ranging from Rs20,000 to Rs100,000 would also be imposed on the perpetrator of domestic violence, that would be paid as compensation to the aggrieved person. In case of default in payment of fine, the perpetrator may be awarded three months imprisonment.
The bill, which also extends to Islamabad Capital Territory, defines domestic violence as ‘all acts of physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and economic abuse committed by a respondent against women, children, vulnerable persons, or any other person with whom the respondent is or has been in a domestic relationship that causes fear, physical or psychological harm to the aggrieved person.’