Pak’s ‘Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill’ passed unanimously

Lahore, Feb.25 (ANI): Punjab Provincial Assembly in Pakistan has unanimously passed the ‘Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill’ after the opposition members withdrew all nine amendments on the condition that the government ensure enforcement of the law.

Forty- four women members were present at the session out of overall 76 women lawmakers, reports Dawn.

Lawmakers from the Treasury benches thumped their desks to show their appreciation for the move.

The bill has 31 clauses and provides a system for complaint registration as well as penalties for offenders.

Under the law, a family court would fix hearing within seven days from receipt of the complaint.

The defendant will have to show cause in court in the same week and all complaints would be decided within 90 days from the day of the receipt.

The law provides that victims of domestic violence cannot be evicted from their homes without their consent. If they are evicted, the court can intervene.

The court can also order a GPS tracker to be installed to monitor movements of the defendant, provided than an act of grave violence has been committed or is deemed likely to be committed.

District Women Protection Committees will be formed under the law. It also calls for establishment of protection centres and shelters.

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