LAHORE – The Punjab government on Thursday organised a daylong capacity building and training workshop for investigation officers on effective handling of Gender Based Violence and relevant legislation at the Police Training School Chung.DIG Commandant Police Training School Chung Major (rtd.) Mubashar Ullah was invited to the workshop as Chief Guest.Speaking on the occasion, Major Mubashir said “The aim of GRAP is to bring reforms in the social structure, which will promote equity among men and women, thus enabling them to deliver on all fronts of the society.” He added that the programme envisages essential reforms including political participation, employment, institutional restructuring, policy and fiscal reforms. The commandant further stated that the work shop was part of an effort to enhance the participant’s capability to track down cases of Gender Based Violence and to enlighten them about the problems they may come across during field work. He stressed that the investigation officers should use honourable methods of investigation when dealing with females.Punjab Home Department’s Gender Specialist Umar Farooq Malik also briefed participants about the implementation of Punjab government’s Gender reform action plan, terming it as the government’s major commitment to uplift the women folk. He said that the investigation officers ranking from ASI, Sub-Inspector and Inspectors should be aware off about gender and sex definitions, gender sensitization and gender based violence & relevant legislation, as their judgement is often charged with age old cultural and social taboos, which have restricted female participation in the social, cultural and economic sectors. “Such tendencies are also visible in the public sector, where lack of basic infrastructure facilities such as separate female toilets and rest areas are missing, it may be the reason why female employment in public sector is nominal” said Umar Malik.Police Training School Chung’s Chief Law Instructor Mr. Waseem Khan Durrani also gave a comprehensive lecture on principles of investigation with special focus on Crime Scene and DNA processes and invited Gender Specialist from Bhakkar, Mr. Shahid Mehmood to conduct a session of principals of FIR and its checklist. Mr. Durrani said that despite all odds and hindrances the Punjab Police is moving forward with a clear focus on fulfilling their objectives and mandated tasks while facing many challenges. Law Department Gender Specialist Ms. Shazia Ehsan acted as facilitator and moderator at the workshop, her role was highly appreciated by the organisers. She also briefed the participants on the goals, reforms and vision of GRAP. At the end, the programme’s Deputy Director Mr. M. Anees Chaudhry, thanked all the participants for making the workshop a success, adding that it will take them one step ahead towards future collaboration for the general good of society.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 10-Feb-2012 here.