First case registered in Lahore under Women's Protection Act

Green Town Police registers FIR against Bassra Bibi's husband for beating her up


Babar Naveed March 01, 2016
PHOTO: AYSHA SALEEM

LAHORE: Days after the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill was passed, a woman on Tuesday filed a complaint against her husband in Lahore's Green Town area.

Bassra Bibi, 30, filed a complaint against her husband at Green Town Police Station, making it the first since Punjab Assembly unanimously passed the protection of women bill.

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She claimed "her husband has been beating her for the past one year." Further alleging that her husband "tortures and threatens" her, the 30-year-old demanded for her husband to be arrested.

"Police have registered an FIR 203/16 on Bassra Bibi’s complaint and police have arrested her husband Tayab," officer on duty, Younis said while speaking to The Express Tribune, adding that he used to beat and torture her.

Further, Bassra's four-year-old son has also been affected by the father's alleged violent behaviour.

Earlier, Bassra staged a sit-in against the police in front of Green town police station on the grounds that police did not file any case against her husband which she had been pursuing for months.

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She further expressed her disappointment, saying, "I have heard about the women protection bill but I don't think the bill will be implemented in the province."

COMMENTS (7)

kathy | 5 years ago | Reply @honesty: Divorce is not difficult through the court, the problems are before someone reaches that stage. Women contribute just like men and are not paid for cooking/cleaning/caring. You are suggesting that men paid for the house, in many situations women work but also contribute through household that labour is not to be considered free (this is Islamic not Western concept). If men are not beating their wives why they are worried in the first place. This law will punish women if they lodge a wrong complaint (law says that not me). The way some men and mullas are crying over this bill, it seems that they are all violent and now worried that it may lead to consequences. A large number of men are loving, caring husbands and not worried that the bill will lead to social destruction.
Jatt Sher | 5 years ago | Reply She must present proof that her husband has abused her. If a man goes to the police station and claims that his wife has been beating him will they arrest her as well? This law is insulting and a cheap tactic by PMLN to woo liberals and feminists who unfortunately dont care much for the party.
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