LHC CJ inaugurates special court to deal with harassment of women cases

Published: October 23, 2017
The Lahore High Court. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Lahore High Court. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah on Monday inaugurated a special court that will deal with cases pertaining to harassment of women.

Additional and Sessions Judge Rehmat Ali will hear the first case at the court, sources told The Express Tribune.

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Sexual harassment is an under-recognised global human rights violation that disproportionately affects women and girls every day. There is a high risk of sexual victimisation in public spaces in low- and middle-income countries, where women and girls are increasingly entering the public domain.

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