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PESHAWAR: ‘The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Domestic Violence against Women (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2019’ was tabled in provincial assembly on Monday. Moved by Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Sultan Muhammad Khan on behalf of Chief Minister, the bill aims to curb domestic violence against women in the province.

The objects and reasons behind the bill, stated the law minister on the assembly floor, is to provide for prevention of domestic violence against women in order to protect women from sexual abuse, psychological abuse, economic abuse and others.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the only province, which has yet to enforce a law against domestic violence. The other three provinces had legislated in this respect years ago.

After the commencement of the Act, the provincial government will constitute, District Protection Committee at district levels with Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district as chairperson, Executive District Health Officer, District Social Welfare Officer, District Public Prosecutor, District Police Officer, four persons of civil society, residing in the district and Chairperson of the District Committee on Status of Women district concerned as members.

For seeking assistance under the Act, the victim or her guardian will file an application to the committee, which is bound to provide reasonable assistance to the victim. Any person becomes guilty would be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or penalty which may extend to 30,000 rupees or both.

Responding to a call attention notice of Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota, the Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Sultan Mohammad Khan directed the police for increase patrolling while Special Branch police were also directed to monitor the situation to stop street crimes in the province.

During Tuesday proceedings, the house unanimously adopted a resolution of Nighat Yasmin Orakzai for issuance blue passports to all family members of the members of KP assembly like members of the National Assembly and Senate.

The house also unanimously demanded the shifting of the Headquarters of WAPDA and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) from Lahore to federal capital Islamabad. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill 2019 was also tabled in the house.