LAHORE: The maiden meeting of the Punjab Women Protection Authority was held in Lahore on Thursday and was presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.
A proposal was reviewed to set up special court rooms on the premises of Multan centre. The meeting gave approval to the proposal of bringing all the district-level dar-ul-aman institutions under the control of Punjab Women Protection Authority. It also approved different steps to be taken to further the performance of Violence against Women Centre, Multan.
The meeting also reviewed the proposal of setting up a special court on the premises of Multan centre. Punjab Women Protection Authority DG Salman Sufi gave a briefing about the performance of Violence against Women Centre, Multan. He said that out of the 1088 cases, 802 have been disposed of.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that Violence against Women Centre was working in an effective manner in Multan and said more such institutions would also be set up in every division of the province.
The meeting decided to establish such centres in the divisions of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi right away. The chief minister ordered that satellite centres of Violence against Women Centres be established as well and the Punjab Women Protection Authority should further expedite the project through subordinate committees.
He said the centre set up in Multan was playing an effective role in the provision of justice to women victims of torture, adding the Punjab government had done a momentous job by establishing a state-of-the-art centre for women victims in Multan. He said that the project was very important with regard to providing justice to female victims of torture who had been given an effective platform. Therefore, the line departments should provide all possible support to the authority and people should also be sensitised about the role and importance of Violence against Women Centre.
The chief minister ordered that comprehensive recommendations be presented in the next meeting to bringing district level dar-ul-aman under the control of Punjab Women Protection Authority. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Hameeda Waheed Uddin, Advisor Rana Maqbool, and members concerned attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2017.