PESHAWAR - The Chairperson of Provincial Commission on Status of Women, Khyber Pakhtun-khwa, Nelum Toru has said that provincial government seems committed regarding legislation for the protection of women rights.

However, she regretted over the delay followed by Council of Islamic Ideology in giving its reply over the proposed draft bill on domestic violence .

While speaking at a news conference here at press club on Thursday, she said that a draft bill on prevention of domestic violence was being prepared in this regard, which was delayed to present in the provincial assembly for its approval, as it stuck at CII.

She said it was completely unjust that CII has not responded to such an important bill despite the fact several reminder letters were sent to CII.

Flanked by Umar Aftab representative of White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) working on women rights, Nelum Toru hoped that the proposed draft bill will be passed from the provincial assembly at any cost, adding ‘if certain people intends to stop this important legislation by terming it as un-Islamic, it would be completely unfair and wrong. 

She revealed that about 70 per cent women were being victimized in different forms of violence. According to report of Human Right Commission of Pakistan, she said that substantial increase was observed in incidents of violence against women, as 1096 cases of honour killings were reported during last year.

She observed that ratio of domestic violence is very high in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as compared to other provinces.

On the occasion, Umar stressed upon the need for proper legislations for the protection of women rights across the country. For the purpose, he said it was imperative to implement domestic violence bill, prepared in light of Islamic teachings. 

He reiterated that WRC would continue its efforts to create awareness about the draft on domestic violence bill in KP, because certain elements made the essential legislation controversial, which created a great unrest among the people of the province.