Salient features, fine and punishment: Shireen Mazari presents Domestic Volence Bill in NA

The Bill aims to protect women, children, elders, and other vulnerable persons who are victims of domestic violence.

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The Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari, has introduced the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2020 in the National Assembly. The Bill aims to protect women, children, elders, and other vulnerable persons who are the victims of domestic violence.

The purpose of the Bill is to check violence against vulnerable persons, which includes physically aggressive acts like hitting, kicking, slapping, and throwing objects. It also involves emotionally abusive acts like threats, emotional and economic abuse.

Provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan have already enacted legislation to address domestic violence at provincial levels. However, the new Bill has been drafted to protect rights at the federal level.

The initiative will help provide relief to domestic violence victims who are in a domestic relationship and are related to each other by consanguinity or marriage.

The Bill also empowers courts to grant interim orders, protection custody, residence orders, and award monetary relief to victims of violence at the expense of the respondent. It also envisages the creation of a Protection Committee to assist aggrieved persons and process their applications in court.

People who are found guilty of the crime will be punishable with an imprisonment of a maximum three years and a minimum of six months, depending on the gravity of the crime.

Moreover, a fine ranging from Rs. 20,000 to 100,000 will be imposed along with detention. If the perpetrator is unable to pay the fine, an additional three months imprisonment will be given.

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