Pun­jab As­sem­bly passes Pro­tec­tion of Women Against Vi­o­lence Bill

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Pun­jab As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day 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.

'Vi­o­lence' it­self has been re­de­fined to mean any of­fence com­mit­ted against the hu­man body of the ag­grieved per­son in­clud­ing abet­ment of an of­fence, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sex­ual vi­o­lence, psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional abuse, eco­nomic abuse, stalk­ing and cy­ber crime.

A toll-free uni­ver­sal ac­cess num­ber (UAN) will be started to re­ceive com­plaints while district pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee will be es­tab­lished to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints filed by women.

Cen­tres will also be set up for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and res­o­lu­tion of dis­putes. Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cers will be li­able to in­form the de­fen­dant when­ever a com­plaint is re­ceived. Of­fer­ing re­sis­tance to Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cers will be pun­ish­able by upto six months im­pris­on­ment and a fine of upto Rs500,000. Once a com­plaint is re­ceived its will be up­dated into a data­base which will soon be set up.

Fil­ing a false com­plaint or lev­el­ling false ac­cu­sa­tions can be push­able by upto three months in jail and or a fine of be­tween Rs50,000 to Rs100,000. The law will not al­low an ag­grieved women to be forced out of her house. The de­fen­dant can be made to leave the house for two days, ac­cord­ing to the law.

Darul Aman and pro­tec­tions cen­tres will be setup ac­cord­ing to the passed law. Shel­ter homes will be built for the pro­tec­tion of ag­grieved women, which will pro­vide board­ing and lodg­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the vic­tim and chil­dren (if any). The de­fen­dant will be li­able to bear all the ex­penses of the com­plainant women in case the court or­ders for it.

If the de­fen­dant re­fuses to pay cash then the court can or­der for the pay­ment to be de­ducted from the their salary if ap­pli­ca­ble. De­fen­dants can be cuffed with GPS track­ing bracelets if or­dered by the Court. Those at­tempt­ing to re­move or tam­per with the track­ing bracelets will be jailed for upto one year and fined be­tween Rs50,000 to Rs200,000. De­fen­dants will not be al­lowed to ap­ply for an arms li­cense or pro­cure weapons whereas weapons al­ready reg­is­tered in their name will have to be sub­mit­ted in court.

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