LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday passed Protection of Women against violence Bill 2015, making all crimes against the women an offence including domestic violence, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, verbal abuse, stalking, abetment of an offence, and cyber crimes.
According to the new law, a toll-free number (UAN) will be introduced to receive complaints while district protection committee will be setup to investigate women’s complaints.
Once a complaint is received its will be updated into a database which will also be established soon.
Protection Officers will be liable to inform the defendant whenever a complaint is received. Offering resistance to Protection Officers will be punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 500,000.
Centres will also be set up for reconciliation and resolution of disputes.
Violence against women has been criminalized in Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) which is a federal law. Acts of domestic violence are also an offence under various sections of PPC, and punishments for these have been prescribed in this federal law too.