ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the country cannot progress as a nation until it pulls out itself from the list of most dangerous countries in the world for women.
In connection with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women being observed on Monday all over the world, the PPP Chairman in his message said honor-killings, domestic violence, harassment at workplaces and other crimes against women were a real daub on the countries continuously failing in protection of their womenfolk.
Chairman PPP pointed out that Sindh was leading other provinces in carrying out legislation for providing legal protection to the women. “I am told that Sindh is the only province where violence against women have been declared criminal offense and courts are bound to decide such cases within 90 days,”
He further said that PPP was a pioneer of the struggle for women’s rights and it even elected a woman – Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto – as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first-ever directly-elected woman Prime Minister in the Muslim world as well. She inducted women in the judiciary, established First Women Bank and separate Police Stations for Women besides exclusive welfare and health programs for women.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that he has has been informed that key legislation tools for ensuring protection to women were in the process in Sindh province which includes the Dowry Act, Marriage-related issues, Acid-throwing and harassment in workplaces. Sixty cases have been registered in Sindh province under the early-age child marriages.