Pakistan Will Create Over 1,000 Courts to Address Violence Against Women

Pakistan will create 1,016 specialized courts to address violence against women in the country, according to the Chief Judge, as written by The Guardian. These courts will tackle a problem believed by activists to be neglected in Pakistan’s justice system. Every district in the country will have at least one of these courts.

According to the Chief Judge, these courts “would allow victims to speak out without fear of retaliation in the conservative Muslim country, where domestic violence is often seen as taboo.” There are thousands of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Pakistan each year.

These GBV specialized courts “will operate in existing courthouses, but will hold domestic violence hearings separately from other cases to enable victims to testify in confidence.”

However, these courts are not the first of their kind in Pakistan. IAWJ member, with IAWJ support, Hon. Ayesha Malik had already created a pilot court in Lahore, Punjab during one of our programs. “Human rights campaigners said the Lahore court had been a success and welcomed the move to expand the programme.”

Fauzia Viqar, a women’s rights campaigner who used to advise the Punjab government, mentioned that studies had shown the performance of such dedicated courts to be “many times better than other courts”.

For the full article at The Guardian, click here.