Pakistan will set up more than 1,000 courts to deal with violence against women, the country’s top judge said, seeking to resolve the issue that activists say the criminal justice system has neglected. ages ago long ago.
Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said special courts will allow victims to speak out without fear of retaliation in conservative Muslim countries, where domestic violence is often considered taboo.
Pakistan sees thousands of cases of violence against women each year, from rape and acid attack to sexual assault, kidnapping and so-called honor killings.
We will have 1,016 gender-based violence courts across Pakistan, at least one such court in every county, Cap Khosa said in an address for fellow judges who broadcast on national television. The atmosphere of these courts will be different from other courts so that complainants can voice their voices without any fear, he said.
The Pakistan Human Rights Commission, an independent watchdog, reported at least 845 sexual violence cases against women in the 2018 report.
There are no comparative data on violence against women ever. However, the former Pakistani Human Rights Commission has said that violence against women is hardly reported, especially in rural areas, where poverty and stigma prevent victims from speaking.
New courts will operate in existing courts but will hold domestic violence trials separate from other cases to allow victims to testify confidently. This category was opened in 2017 in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province.
Chief Justice of the local Supreme Court Mansoor Ali Shah said that at the time, women were the most vulnerable members in society and one in three people were victims of physical or psychological violence.
Human rights activists say the court in Lahore has succeeded and welcomed the move to expand the program. Romana Bashir, head of the Peace and Development Organization, a women’s rights organization, said it was a great protection.
Women will certainly be encouraged and felt strengthened to speak out against gender-based violence. Therefore, women will be able to get justice, she said.