PR No. 237 Islamabad: November 24, 2016

National Assembly Standing Committee for Human Rights along with Federal Minister for human rights Senator Kamran Michael paid a surprise visit to the Crises center for women and shelter home on Thursday in Islamabad. Besides, Chairman Committee, Joint Secretary Ministry of human rights, HumairaAzam and other relevant officials were also present on the occasion. Members of the Standing committee inspected the various sections of the center and mingled with the children and victims.

A detailed briefing was also given to the Committee regarding the working and functions of the center and it was told that all medical, residential and educational facilities are being provided along with legal assistance to under privileged and oppressed women and children residing in center.

In a briefing, it was told that around 45714cases and calls of violence against women were reported on Help Free toll “1099” after May, 2015, out of which 4535 calls were disposed off instantly. Committee was further briefed that 1557 victims were provided legal advice and 227 cases were referred to the concerned departments. Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael directed the relevant officials to provide all facilities to these under privileged and oppressed women and their children.

He said the purpose of setting up a women crisis centre was to provide legal assistance and speedy justice to the victims of cruelty, domestic violence and abuse. Michael said on the directives of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Shareef, steps have been taken to provide support to the victims adding that that this center was the part of implementation of laws and policies enacted to address their issues. “The center set up to provide all facilities, including residence,  FIR lodging, police reporting, prosecution, medical examination to the survivors of violence”, he added.

Underlining the commitment of the incumbent government towards improvement of Human Rights situation in the country, Minister said that functioning of “Help Line 1099” has been made to provide legal advice and redressal assistance to victims of human rights violations particularly the women and children.

While talking to the victims and children, Federal minister for human rights Kamran Michael assured to continue his support to protect and safeguard the rights of oppressed women and children on priority. Minister also appreciated all children in center and distributed gifts among them. Later, the Committee also visited the children center and inspected the different sections of the center.