SUKKUR: Sindh Minister for Law Muhammad Ayaz
Soomro has welcomed the bill on sexual harassment and said
there was a dire need for legislation to create an enabling environment
for legal protection of women against harassment.
During an open katchehry at Circuit House Khairpur on Thursday, the
Minister said Penal Code to address sexual harassment in the country
could not be effectively implemented in the past.
He said the draft Sexual Harassment Bill also proposes amendments
in the section 509 of the PPC and Cr.PC in order to expand its ambit to
cover sexual harassment at workplace besides outlining definition of
sexual harassment and increasing the maximum punishment for such acts
from one year to three years.
Paying rich tributes to Shaheed Mohttarma Benazir Bhutto, he said
that Benazir Bhutto had continued the legacy of sacrifices by offering
her life to continue the mission initiated by her father Shaheed
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Minister Soomro said the proposed Bill provides maximum legal cover
to the victims helping in creating congenial work enviorment for women
at their workplace.
He said that democracy has been fully restored in the country and
Pakistan Peoples Party will continue mission of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto
to strengthen the country on democratic norms.
Sindh Law Minister said that country was facing the challenges of
terrorism and extremism, while the law and order situation also needed
to be improved in the given circumstances.
He said it was the government's top priority to ensure the
protection of people's lives and property.
Ayaz Soomro said various steps were being taken to strengthen
agricultural set up in the province, and mentioned increase in support
price of wheat upto Rs 950, which was earlier Rs 450.
The Minister said that the deposed judges had taken a fresh oath
according to the Constitution.
The government had invited all the deposed judges for taking the
fresh oath and most of the judges had taken it for the supremacy of judiciary,he said adding that the judges were restored according to
The provincial law minister said the lawyers should support the
government in order to pull the country out of crises and advised them
to refrain from staging demonstrations.
He said colonies for lawyers are being established.
He said that in order to provide speedy justice and relief to
people the PPP government was also establishing the evening courts
adding that women advocates will be authorized to handle the poor and
needy women prisoners' cases and the government will pay fee to the advocates in this regard.
The Minister further said 100,000 acres of agricultural land are
also being allotted to landless farmers.
He said 16,000 jobs had been provided to jobless youth within seven
months purely on merit and more jobs would be provided.
On the occasion, the Minister also listened the complaints patiently
and assured to resolve these on priority basis.