Governor to formulate awareness campaign to stop increasing harassment issues in Universities

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LAHORE:  Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar decided to launch an awareness campaign in universities to curb violence and sexual harassment against women. Governor Punjab asked for the recommendations regarding the campaign from Vice Chancellors of universities within one week. Women Peace Council will also collaborate for awareness campaign.

According to the details, Governor Punjab Chaudhary Mohammad Sarwar had a meeting with a delegation of Women Peace Council led by member of Punjab assembly Uzma Kardar. On this occasion the Patron-in-chief of Women Peace Council Begum Perveen Sarwar, teachers and students from different educational institutions, and representatives of NGOs were present. During the meeting, the delegation of Women Peace Council Punjab shared their concerns with Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar regarding rising incidents of violence and sexual harassment with women in Lahore and other cities of Punjab, and demanded reforms in judicial system for handing down timely verdicts in cases of harassment along with the awareness campaigns in universities and on different forums.

On this occasion, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that these shameful incidents with women have become even more dangerous than cancer. In order to stop such incidents the decisions in courts must be given within six months. He stressed that there must be special judges for such cases like the special judges for the cases of overseas Pakistanis, adding that he will especially discuss this matter with the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court.

Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that role of women in the progress of Pakistan is highly appreciative, adding that we will not compromise on women’s safety. The criminals involved in violence against women deserve no leniency and will be dealt with iron hands. He said that in order to stop incidents of violence against women a special campaign will be launched after taking the recommendation from the Vice Chancellors of the universities.

Women Peace Council Patron-in-Chief, Begum Perveen Sarwar said that it is time to make such laws so that the women do not have to face the difficulties for justice, adding that in England, women do not have to go to police station for recording statements, instead police goes to victim’s home and their identity is never revealed. She said that the women council is ready to co-operate with the government institutions. We all have to work together to stop such incidents, she added.

Member Punjab Assembly Uzma Kardar said that for the progress of any society, women rights and safety is compulsory. She mentioned that she was thankful to Governor Punjab on his decision of launching the campaign for women safety in universities. Every citizen should unite against those who are involved in crimes against women.