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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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LAHORE

 

THE common women, who have always been treated in a discriminatory manner, will benefit from the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) that has been unanimously approved by the National Assembly.

 

This was said by Pakistan Muslim League Punjab leader and Member of Punjab Assembly Zobia Rubab Malik in a statement issued on Tuesday.

 

Zobia said the bill advocated greater social protection for women and the bill also aimed at prohibiting exploitation and discrimination against women. She said according to the bill, a punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and a penalty of Rs five million would be handed to anyone who forced a woman into marriage while a person who married a woman against her consent would be imprisoned for three to ten years with a fine of Rs 0.5 million.

 

The MPA said the bill also stated that those who were involved in conducting weddings in exchange for personal gains or settling difference would be sentenced to five years in prison whereas marrying a girl to the Quran would end up in imprisonment for seven years and a fine of Rs 0.5 million.

 

She said the condition of Pakistani women was unfortunate and was drawn by horrifying accounts of brutal murders, old-fashioned rituals that involved live burials or tales of acid throwing attacks on the faces of young women. She said that all sorts of comments were passed and even the women parliamentarians were portrayed as second rate members of assemblies.