The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) has asked the government to take steps to stop violence against women and minorities.
Members expressed concern over the rise in incidents of violence against women and girls across Pakistan and the apathy of state institutions towards the plight of the victims, according to a press release issued by the commission at the conclusion of a two-day meeting here on Thursday.
It discussed the negative impact on women and minorities of increasing use of religion to promote political and personal interests.
It demanded that the government ensure the women’s constitutional right to education and their safety. The commission members were distressed at the threats to girls’ schools in Panjgur, Balochistan.
They noted that despite a ban on jirgas, informal courts continue to settle disputes. The commission demanded immediate measures to stop this violation of the law.
The commission was perturbed over the recent remarks made by Council of Islamic Ideology about child marriage. “These are contrary to the provisions of Muslim Family Law Ordinance, 1961,” the members said.
The commission recommended that legislation aimed at the protection of women be extended to FATA and PATA.
The members expressed satisfaction with the performance of the commission and welcomed the establishment of a provincial chapter in Punjab.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2014.
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