LARKANA: Civil Society Support Program (CSSP) in collaboration with Enhanced Democratic Accountability and Civic Engagement (EDACE) organized a training workshop with Police Officials on “Special Laws on Women” here in a local hotel. The workshop was facilitated by Senior Superintendent of Police (Investigation) South Karachi Faizullah Korejo and attended by 60 police officials of both Larkana and Jacobabad districts.
Speaking during the workshop, Korejo said that violence against women is rampant and interior Sindh is witnessing many forms of violence that include domestic violence, honour killing, physical and mental abuse, rape, acid throwing, burning and killing etc but the police is oblivious of the latest laws that could protect women from such violations. He said that the police stations act as the pivot through which laws get implemented, it is quite understandable, though unfortunate that the public perception about gaining access to the police station is negative; however, he said, there is no denying that it serves as the place from where the criminal justice system formally originates or takes its course. He observed that owing to feudal structure, weak investigation and prosecution system, the practice of alternative disputes resolution is being taken place to decide the fate of the women victim of violation.
Korejo apprised that Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 prohibits the marriage of children, both boys and girls below 18 years and declared marriage below the age of 18 punishable by law. He further said that in cases of underage marriage, parents, facilitators and groom can all be sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment and can be fined as well. But, regrettably, owing to the lack of a proper knowledge with police, the occurrence of child marriages is widespread throughout Sindh.
Korejo said that Sindh is the only province that has passed remarkable legislation on women after passing of Sindh Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Act 2013. He said that the act is invoking different sections on minor and major forms of violations against women. SSP Korejo quoted Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) Sections 302, 310-A, 336, 375, 498-A, 498-B and 498-C and stressed the Police officials to adhere with these laws to protect the rights of women. He further said that concrete efforts are required to keep police stations updated about latest laws.
Afzal Shaikh of CSSP said that workshop aimed at sensitizing police department personnel about relevance of Pro-Women laws including child marriage restraint act, domestic violence act and anti-women practice act to ensure the security and protection of women.