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2016-04-24 11:05:18

No end in sight: Sharp rise in domestic violence

 

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Additional District and Sessions Judge Shazib Saeed yesterday awarded 48-year jail to a man for burning his wife to death in South Cantonment six years ago. Sharafat Ali set his wife Nasreen on fire by using kerosene oil over a petty issue. Nasreen fell severely injured and was shifted to Mayo Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Munir Ahmad, the brother of deceased woman, lodged FIR with South Cantonment police against her sister’s husband Sharafat Ali, mother-in-law Hameeda and brother-in-law Akram. He said they killed her sister and pursued the case. Police, in challan, said that the suspects used kerosene oil to set the victim ablaze. In his verdict, the judge awarded collective punishment to convict Sharafat Ali under different laws. The judge also imposed fine of Rs 200,000 on him, holding that that he would undergo six months more imprisonment if he failed to deposit the amount of fine. However, the court acquitted her mother-in-law Hameed and brother-in-law Akram by giving them benefit of doubt. The passing of the Women Protection Bill may have been a monumental step towards change, but the manner in which violence against women is entrenched deep within the fabrication of society as well as governance, makes its implementation a mammoth task. The most important impediment, to ensure that the women of this country live with dignity, respect and without fear constantly clouding their lives, is to root out this culture of police brutality and corruption. Criminals exist in every shape and form, but if they know they will not be apprehended and that the police is open to bribery and collusion, there is no chance that there will ever be justice for the weak. The Ferozwala police in this particular case had registered an attempted murder case against the husband and his relatives on the complaint of the victim’s father. The accused have already secured pre-arrest bails from the local courts with the help of police investigators. If the police had taken action against the consistent torture against this poor woman in the first place, she would be alive and well today. If perpetrators of such heinous crimes continue to evade the law, then there is no purpose of rejoicing a law that is only good for filling statutory books.

pk.shafaqna.com

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