KARACHI:,,, Minister for Women Development and Social Welfare, Rubina Qaimkhani, has established a helpline in Karachi for women across the province so that they could get assistance regarding any exploitation and harassment.
Talking to PPI, Rubina said that the government had established helpline (111-623-937) to facilitate women. She said that the PPP-led government in the province had always worked for the betterment of the women. “We have made laws to protect women at domestic and work places so that they could feel empowered and work for the betterment of the society,” the minister said.
Qaimkhani admitted that there was a lack of implementation on the laws but said that through awareness programs, we could be able to give more independence to women. She said that women comprise more than 50 percent of the society but nothing had been done for their rights in the past and this step would provide a platform for women to register their complaints without any fear.
She said that one of the main reasons for establishing a helpline was that there was no awareness regarding new harassment laws. “We will not only register women cases but will also pursue them till they are resolved.”
Incharge of the helpline, Tehmina Rehman, told PPI that that the helpline was activated by the government from Thursday and it would be activated during 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday. She said that they had received some calls from women who wanted to register their complaints. “We will provide them all types of assistance including legal aid.”
She said that in case of any harassment incident, the helpline would register the case and would also contact the police station concerned to register the case.