A three-year-old Bill on domestic violence against women and children was deferred during the 33rd session of the Sindh Assembly. The Domestic Violence (prevention and protection) Bill 2008 was presented by a female Private Member more than three years ago and covers physical, sexual, emotional, social, economic and psychological abuse committed by a person against the victim with whom they are in a relationship. It guarantees a minimum sentence of three years as well as monthly monetary relief (including full costs of medical treatment) to the victim. Other issues highlighted were through three Resolutions which were adopted. The Parliamentarians demanded the report onMohtarmaBenazirBhutto’sassassination be published. Another Resolution passed was to enact a law for setting up a Drug Regulatory Authority while the third called for establishing campuses of Karachi University in Naushehro Feroz and Tharparkar.
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