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Punjab Police assemble against gender-based violence

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Inspector General Punjab Police Arif Nawaz Khan has ordered the officials to submit a feasibility report on the establishment of the Special unit to curb gender-based violence and provide swift assistance to the victim of rape, acid attacks, and honour killings.

The decision was taken during a meeting on gender crimes held on Friday. The core intent of the Special Units is to help rehabilitate the life of such victims. IG Punjab elaborated that these special units, besides protecting the victims, will provide psychological, legal, and medical aid to those who suffered.

He said the special units will be established in 10 districts that top the list of gender-related violence, including Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, Muzaffargarh, Sheikhupura and Gujrat.

Chief Justice of Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa took a stern stance over acid attack cases.

Punjab Police instructed officials to ensure the posting of gender focal persons in each unit; they will collect the report on gender-related crimes from their respective districts and share it with the Central Police Office on a daily basis. Hence, these special units will speed-up the process of bringing culprits to justice.

Earlier in the meeting, Additional Inspector General Gender Crime Maria Mahmood informed the IGP that a special unit is already in place, and working efficiently in Muzaffargarh.

The special unit is comprised of six officials, including five women police officials that provide a friendly working environment to the women who want to pursue their cases. Sharing her advice, she stated that in order to simplify the process of registering complaints, arrangements should be made to allow women to register their complaint through five channels, the front desk, 8787 IGP Complaint Centre, Khidmat Markaz, 15 Help Line and the gender crime cell.

Read more: No mercy: Acid attack bigger crime than murder, CJP Khosa

Earlier, Chief Justice of Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa took a stern stance over acid attack cases. Recently, he refused to acquit a perpetrator of an acid attack case despite being pardoned by the victim. He upheld his life imprisonment and asserted that acid attack is an abhorrent crime, more severe than murder.

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