PESHAWAR: Members of civil society organisations and activists have lauded the provincial cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for approving bill of domestic violence against women.

The bill will now be tabled before the provincial assembly that provides for creating a 10-member district protection committees in each district of the province which will be headed by the deputy commissioner of the relevant district. The committee will include the district health executive officer, the social welfare district officer, the district public prosecutor, a representative of the district police and four representatives of the civil society.

“Any person who commits an act pursuant to sub-section (1) shall be deemed to have committed an offence and shall be liable to be punished with sentences carrying prison terms and fines as provided for the offences in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) 1860,” the bill read.

The chairperson of the relevant district committee on the status of women will serve as member-cum-secretary of the committee.”This bill help contain domestic violence on women,” said Qamar Naseem, a social activist.