PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) inspector general of police (IGP) has called on Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to add ‘civics’ in the curriculum of grade 7 to 12 students for reducing the rate of social crimes by increasing people’s awareness of their fundamental rights.
The development comes weeks after a woman, accused of helping her friend elope, was dragged, strangled and then her body was set ablaze in Abbottabad on the orders of a village council — 14 members of which were arrested later.
“I am writing today to draw your attention to an issue of great social significance. The gruesome murder of a young girl from Abbottabad in the recent past is a disturbing revelation of how far our society has digressed from the cardinal principles of Islam and Constitution,” IGP Nasir Khan Durrani said.
The letter went on to add that “there are innumerable crimes being committed against the vulnerable segments of society particularly women, children and minorities”.
The IGP cited international obligations under United Nations Declarations on Human Rights; Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities; and Elimination of Violence against Women as the reasons for his suggestion.
The proposed topics in the mandatory civics subject for students of 7 to 12 grades include:
- Fundamental rights as described in the Constitution of Pakistan
- Social vices against women (Honour killing, vani, swara, domestic violence etc)
- Child abuse
- Rights of minorities
- Traffic laws and rules
- General security
- How to be watchful for identifying suspicious persons in surrounding?
- Cooperating with LEAs
The letter claims that adding the subject “will greatly contribute towards the constructive development of human mind by creating awareness about personal, political, economic and legal rights including religious obligations, personal responsibilities and civic responsibilities.”
“This in turn will have a cumulative effect on achieving the desired objective of societal transformation and constructive conditioning of our future generations,” it concluded.