Women, child sexual abuse: Cases should be tried in ATCs, says Sharmila -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Women, child sexual abuse: Cases should be tried in ATCs, says Sharmila

KARACHI: Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information and Archives Sharmila Farooqui said the cases of women and child sexual abuse should be tried in the Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) besides taking steps to register them under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

It has been observed that victims of these cases and their families could not get justice as police and other relevant organisations cause hindrances in the provision of justice to them, said a statement on the occasion of International Day against Women Sex Violence on Wednesday.

The adviser proposed that the government should take steps for ensuring the continuity of such rape cases, which could not be followed by defending parties due to financial constraints so as to hand exemplary punishment to the accused and ensure justice to the poor victims.

Sharmila said the government is taking steps to initiate a programme to support, look after, secure, ensure advocacy and deliver health facilities to rape victims besides securing their record of evidences.

The adviser said the government is taking steps to ensure swift registration of such cases because some influential people and medico-legal officers also cause hurdles in this regard.

She said that according to statistics, rate of punishments to the rapists is very low and most of the victims do not get justice.
Source: Daily Times
Date:11/25/2010