MULTAN

The town is going to have Asia's first and unique model Women Crisis Centre in March 2016. The centre will be established at a cost of Rs140 million and it will offer legal assistance and many other facilities to the women facing violence.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the centre was held here in Matti Tal area on Wednesday. Foreign diplomats and representatives of UN including Australian High Commissioner Ms Margaret Adamson, Canadian High Commissioner Ms Heather Ruth Cruden, Consular /Deputy High Commissioner of Netherland Ms Renate Pors Theodora, UNO representative Mr Jamsheed M Kazi (Bangladesh) Programme Specialist/UNO Ms Yanthe Clazien Cornelissen, UNO's Officer Hooria Syeda joined the ground breaking ceremony. Provincial Minister for Auqaf Haroon Sultan Bukhari and Punjab Minister for Social Welfare Zakia Shah Nawaz also joined the ceremony.

A spokesperson of Punjab Government said that the centre would have all facilities available under one roof like first aid, Police reporting, Medical legal examination, Forensic lab, Psychological treatment and rehabilitation of women. She informed that same crisis centres would be set up throughout the province, where medical, psychological and legal aid will be provided to the women facing violence. She said that Daarul Aaman and crisis centres will be linked together and affected women will be provided immediate assistance through helpline.