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PU law experts call women Act not un-Islamic
Act to reconcile disputes, not to end up with divorce, speakers

PU law experts call women Act not un-Islamic
Act to reconcile disputes, not to end up with divorce, speakers


LAHORE: (Thursday, March 24, 2016): The speakers of a seminar at Punjab University Law College have said Punjab Protection of women against violence Act is not un-Islamic and not unconstitutional and stated various versus from Quran & Sunnah and Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in order to substantiate their legal and constitutional point of view in this connection. They said spirit of Islam must be looked and traditions of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) must be followed. The discussion was headed by Principal Law College Dr. Shazia Qureshi on the bill which also discussed its implications in the province and shortcomings in the Act.

The speakers said that this is a positive step that has been taken to respond to issues that disproportionately affect women. They said that the Act is more specific and has a wider scope in nature and is intended to be applied with greater force. They said this Act is intended to reconcile the disputes rather than ending up with divorce. They said wife is not the only aggrieved party under this Act and covers Women. Giving recommendations, they said section 2 (e), (Definitions), “dependent child” means a male child who is below the age of twelve years of age and includes any adopted, step or foster child; It is suggested that female child should also be covered under the definition of dependent child. They said section 2 (r) (Definitions) “Psychological abuse/Violence” should be eliminated. They said as psychological aspect varies from case to case and it becomes difficult to prove and measure this violence since there can be no fixed scale to determine it. Also the domestic, sexual, economic abuses already cover psychological aspect. They said since this law covers both civil and criminal domain, a fine line needs to get drawn for such hybrid structure created under this Act.