GILGIT: The Protection from Domestic Violence Act 2009 did not sail through the house after lawmakers raised certain reservations.

Terming it an important piece of legislation, Danish said, “This is essential for us to pass. It is not against our culture or religion; in fact it is in the interest of our people.” Danish, who had tabled the act, said this as the house voiced apprehensions about the law.

Earlier, in its 28th session, the G-B Assembly had passed two bills introduced by Danish, one of which dealt with the protection against sexual harassment of women at work and the other on safeguarding child rights.

Most of the opposition came from lawmakers who were women. The primary concern was, they said, that they had been kept in the dark about the content of the Protection from Domestic Violence Act, 2009.

Baig then handed it to a standing committee for review and said the next government would pass it.


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