CM inaugurates Violence Against Women Centre

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Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said Violence Against Women Centres (VAWC) would help establish gender equality by protecting the women rights.

After inaugurating the VAWC building in Multan here on Saturday, he said that a society can make progress only if it gives due rights to women. The Women Protection Bill and Violence Against Women Centre have been introduced in line with teachings of Islam to protect women rights, he added.

The VAWC will help register FIRs and provide psychological and legal help to women. Forensic, investigative, and medical rehabilitation will be provided under one roof, added Shehbaz Sharif.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana also spoke on the occasion. He said there was a need to abolish the culture of intolerance. He lauded the Punjab government for setting up the VAWC in Multan and hoped it would help protect the rights of women.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah also hailed the establishment of the VAWC, saying that such steps were the foundations for making the country a welfare state.

Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Zakia Shahnawaz, Provincial Minister for Zakat and Ushr Naghma Mushtaq, CM’s Strategic Reform Unit DG Salman Sufi, the Multan mayor, district council chairmen, civil society members and others were also present for the inauguration.