ISLAMABAD, Aug 4 (APP): The
National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed ‘The Prevention of Domestic
Violence Bill, 2008’ to provide protection to the women, children and families
vulnerable to domestic violence. cPakistan People Party MNA
Yasmeen Rehman moved the bill as reported by the concerned standing committee to
make provisions for the protection of women, children
and family, stressing to institutionalize measures which prevent and protect
women and children from domestic violence.
Under the bill, the protection
committees comprising police officers, have been suggested at tehsil level to
assists the aggrieved person or relocate her if necessary for protection.
The bill says the court, at any
stage of hearing, may direct the accused to pay the monetary relief to meet the
expenses incurred and losses suffered by the aggrieved person including loss of
earning, medical expenses and maintenance of aggrieved person and her children.
According to the bill, the
domestic violence is an offence and if a person repeats this act of domestic
violence, he may face one year imprisonment and fine of Rs 200,000.
The bill was passed by the
House along with some amendments introduced by the MQM MNA SA Iqbal Qadri.
As per legislation, the
protection committees would not only create awareness among females for their
rights but it would also provide legal protection, medical aid and shifting of
the aggrieved person to a safer location.
According to the law, if a
woman registers a fake case against a person or is proved wrong by court, the
women would have to face six month imprisonment and fine of Rs 50,000.
Later, Yasmeen Rehman moved the
bill that was unanimously passed by the Lower House of the Parliament.
Minister for Parliamentary
Affairs congratulated the House as well as the nation on this moment of pride
when the House has passed a bill to protect the women, children and other
vulnerable persons from domestic violence.
He said the Prime Minister Syed
Yusuf Raza Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari and particularly the caucus of
women parliamentarians took extreme interest in passage of the bill,
adding that such progressive legislation is need of the hour to ensure
protection of women and provision of their fundamental rights.