PA passes Protection of Women 2015 Bill into law

WEB DESK: Punjab Assembly passes the bill for Protection of Women Against Violence 2015 into law on Monday, Aaj News reported.

The Assembly, last week, passed the long-awaited Protection of Women against violence Bill 2015 which contains remedies for victims of violence, criminalise all forms of violence against women and also provides them with special centers which remove the usual red tape hurdles that complicate a woman’s quest for justice.

The development came after documentary film maker wins a second Oscar for her documentary ‘the girl in a river’ which tackles the issue of ‘honor killing’ in Pakistan with the story of an 18-year-old girl who fell in love and eloped against her family’s wishes.
The protagonist of the story faces an ‘honor killing’ attempt and survives.

A special screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Academy Award nominated film was held at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad last week.

The bill’s approval has been challenged in the supreme court.