Islamabad - Islamabad police have constituted a special committee to monitor complaints of human rights and ensure speedy justice to the people including marginalised segments of society along with protection of their basic rights.

This committee will deal and monitor complaints against police torture, illegal detention, non-registration of FIRs, faulty investigation, corruption, rape, sodomy, gang rape, honor killing, wani, kidnapping, acid throwing, domestic violence, harassment at work place and  unlawful marriages. The committee will also have jurisdiction to look into abuse against minorities, complaint against their freedom of movement, freedom of worship, assembly and association, owning property and complaint against their access to public places. It will also look into crime against children including sexual abuse, child labour, and violence against minor labour and forced begging. The formal functioning of the committee was discussed in a meeting headed by Inspector General of Police Islamabad Sultan Azam Temuri. DIG HQ Nasir Mehmood Satti, AIG Operations Asmat Ullah Junejo, SP Special Branch Arsla Saleem, Nasreen Azhar Counselor Member HRCP, Saaiqa Ashraf Program manager ROZEN, Samina Sardar Human Rights activist and others also attended the meeting. The human rights and gender watch desks established at Central Police Office, DIG & SSP Offices and reporting rooms of Police Stations will lodge the complaints.

The Human Rights and Gender Watch Officers appointed there will be educated police officers while central, regional and district Human Rights and Gender Officers will also be appointed. They will monitor the progress of all cases and provide assistance in writing, application and give valuable input for effective functioning of the unit. The officers will put up the diary related to its Unit to IGP or DIG/SSP operations on a daily basis.

The meeting of human rights committee will be held once a month to discuss all the registered cases, devise strategies to minimize the incident, advise on human rights and gender issues and look into lacunas identified in handling of earlier registered cases. It would have mandate to conduct seminars and awareness campaigns across range and act as a bridge between community and police for prompt redressal of complaints, said a press release issued by the police on Friday. When complaint is launched at CPO, it will be notified to respective Human Rights and Gender Watch officer. HR & Gender Watch officer will directly call the complainant and take all the necessary information. He will also inquire regarding the attitude of police and front desk staff, according to the police.

 HR & Gender Watch officer will then call the concerned SSP and brief him about the case and will also briefly report the matter to IGP or DIG. The SSP will mark the complaint to divisional SP/SDPO who will monitor the case. They will decide whether an FIR should be launched or not within an hour of receiving the information from SSP office. SP/SDPO will daily monitor the case and send progress report to HR & Gender Watch office at CPO. Human Rights & Gender Watch officer will call the complainant after every three days to ask about his satisfaction and response of SHO/IO in the case.

Meanwhile, at least 10 persons including minors were injured in a cylinder blast in Pak PWD Colony in the limits of Lohi Bher police station on Friday morning.  The rescue teams reached the spot immediately and shifted the injured to the hospital. The injured were identified as Hassan son of Manzoor Ahmed (26), Suleman son of Hassan (6), Amina Bibi daughter of Hassan (4), Rameesha daughter of Hassan (2), M. Aslam son of Sardar Muhammad (45), Nasreen (28), Ifra daughter of Yousaf (12), Muhammad Usman son of Muhammad Bashir (28), Muhammad Bashir son of Sanattha (55), and Allah Ditta son of Muhammad Bashir (30). The injured suffered 12-15 percent burn injuries of the total body surface area and few of them have been admitted at PIMS for further medical treatment. One of the injured, Muhammad Bashir has been referred to orthopedic ward due to severe injury. However, the injured are stated to be in stable condition.