Steps for prevention of gender-based violence against women at inmate centres and polices stations stressed

Dateline Peshawar Report

PESHAWAR: Participants at a training workshop have stressed the need of steps for prevention of gender-based violence against women in the society, especially at the women inmate centres and police stations.RAHA-KP

“Effective steps need to take place by the government and relevant departments, to end gender-based violence against women at the detention centres and police stations, said Brig (Retd) Haroon Rashid while speaking at the training workshop for police officials here on at local hotel on Wednesday. He said that gender-based violence reportedly increased in the country, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan due to lack of inadequate preventive steps in this regard. He stressed that the discriminatory treatment against women at inmate centres and police stations should be ended by effective role of police department and other relevant law enforce agencies.

The training workshop was arranged by Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Program under the social protection component of the program. Other key note speakers were included Ms Syed Shukriya, Provincial Program Manager, RAHA-KP Program, Mohammad Ilayas, RAHA-KP Gender Protection Officer, Imtiaz Khan, the Progam Bahevier Change Coordinator, Ms Yasrab Nazir. More than 10 police officials from Peshawar, Nowshera and Dir Lower were participated in two-day training workshop on titled “Gender-Based Violence against Women, aimed at to sensitize police officials about the increasing VAW at the police stations and inmate centres.

Speakers have emphasised the government, police and law enforce agencies to take further steps for prevention of violence against women at the detention centres. They viewed that the gender-based violence against women have reportedly increased in the country, particularly in KP and Balochistan, which should be prevented by coordinated efforts of all relevant departments. The ratio of physically and psychologically torture of women had been increased despite that it was considered as worst form of violence against women in the society, the participants observed.

Brig Haroon Rashid said that law should be amended to bring reforms for prevention of gender-based violence against women at police stations and inmate facilities in the country. He said the women had subjected with violence in various forms, i.e honor killing, acid-throwing, customs (Sawara) and others, which was violated the basis right of women in the society.

Earlier, the RAHA-KP provincial Program Manager, Ms Shukriya explained the aims and objectives of the training workshop, and said that the session was held to sensitize the police officials about the growing violence against women at inmate centres and police stations in the province. At the end, the participants have put certain recommendations and suggestions to make amendments of existing biding laws, ensure women rights and prevent the mistreatment of women at detention centres.

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