LAHORE- Womens Action Forum is deeply disturbed by the Supreme Courts judgment in the Mukhtar Mai appeal. This judgment not only exacerbates Mukhtar Mais anguish, but also raises broader concerns for the protection of womens dignity in Pakistan and deterrence of violence against them. According to a press release issued here on Sunday, WAF said that unfortunately, this judgment could send a strong signal of impunity for perpetrators of crimes against women. The WAF fears that this judgment has set back the efforts being made to secure justice for women, particularly in cases of rape, the release added. The apex court is expected to give guidance for correcting flaws and failures of investigation and prosecution in order to ensure that justice is provided by the system. WAF believes that the sanctity of the principles of due process and fair trial are in no way compromised by an approach in judicial scrutiny that is both aware and sensitive to social realities and institutional flaws, the release said.