Govt committed to ensure safety of women: Rana Sana

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Saturday said that government was committed to ensure safety and protection of women in the country.

Talking to a private news channel, he said that the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill has re-defined “violence” by including “any offence committed against a woman including abetment of an offence, domestic violence, emotional, psychological and verbal abuse, economic abuse, stalking crime”.

Replying to a question, he said women had been facing certain problems in the country and it was responsibility of the government to ensure their ultimate safety and protection.

He said the Section about trackers in the Bill was not only specific to wife and husband, but also covers all places, including workplace.

He said the trackers would only be worn by a man, who had earlier tortured a woman, served imprisonment and now is free.

It is aimed at stopping him from this practice in future, he added.

Replying to another question he said that a woman would only be shifted to a protection center, after exhausting all other options like reconciliation and mediation efforts.

He pointed out that bill has registered violence against women as a crime. This was unfortunate that there was a mindset which considers torture by blood relation on a woman as ‘mandatory’, he added.

On a question, he said the government did provide funds to lawmakers after pinpointing development schemes in their respective constituencies while female lawmakers did not have a constituency, as they were elected directly on reserved seats.

However, the government is ready to provide funds to female lawmakers, if they come up with uplift schemes in their areas.