The committee emphasizes on the implementation of the anti-rape law
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The committee emphasizes on the implementation of the anti-rape law

The Select Committee on Anti-Rape on Monday stressed the need for the implementation of the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act, 2021 and concerted efforts by institutions to combat sexual violence.

Chairman of the Select Committee, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, chaired a key meeting to review the implementation of the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act, 2021 and discuss the development of the National Sex Offenders Register (ED), as per a press release .

The Select Committee reviewed data from police, prosecutors, courts and home affairs departments across Pakistan and identified key actions to improve the investigation and prosecution of sexual crimes.

The chairwoman of the anti-rape select committee stressed the importance of joint efforts to combat sexual violence, stating: “Providing justice for victims of sexual violence is our top priority.

The Select Committee is working closely with federal and provincial agencies to improve compliance with the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act 2021 to ensure that both resources and processes are available to support vulnerable victims.”

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Law and Justice, Provincial Departments of Internal Affairs, Provincial Enforcement Bodies, Civil Society Organizations, NADRA and the National Police Bureau.

Their collective participation underscores the integrated approach needed to effectively address the pervasive problem of sexual violence.

Key actions have been identified to ensure rigorous investigations and speedy trials under the Act, which will strengthen the Government’s resolve to uphold the rights and dignity of survivors.

The main focus will be on streamlining investigations by maximizing the number of cases referred to the Designated Rape Crisis Cell (ARCC) and Special Sexual Offenses Investigation Units (SSOIU) and improving case decision-making timelines to ensure swift justice. justice for victims of rape and sexual crimes.

The periodic review process will also be used to track convictions of sex offenders from across Pakistan added to the Sex Offenders Register, which is a valuable tool to protect communities by helping to investigate and prosecute sex crimes and deter potential offenders.

Jawwad Raza Sultan, Person-in-Charge and Member of the Special Committee and Section Officer of the Anti-Rape Cell, Ministry of Law and Justice, presented the data to the Special Committee on Compliance with the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act, 2021.