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Balochistan PA passes Child Protection Bill after 532 days

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Published: January 2, 2017 06:19 pm

ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Balochistan passed `the Balochistan Child Protection Bill, 2015′ after 532 days due to delay in the submission of its report by Standing Committee on Social Welfare and Women Development.

The bill was introduced in the House on May 25, 2015 by PkMAP lawmaker Sardar Raza Muhammad Barrach which was forwarded to the committee on Social Welfare for deliberations. The Committee presented its report on November 7, 2016 before the House and the bill was passed on the same day.

The bill aims to provide for the protection of children from violence, harm, injury, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment and exploitation in Balochistan.

Before its introduction in the Balochistan Assembly, the Provincial Cabinet approved the Bill in its meeting on May 20, 2014 which was prepared in compliance of the  Constitutional   provisions and international commitments envisaging the protection of  children from violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and discrimination etc.

Section 35 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan  1973,  states  “The  state  shall  protect  the  marriage,  the  family,  the  mother and   the   child”.   The   Government   of   Pakistan   has   also   made   international commitments by signing and ratifying different convention and treaties. Pursuance to the 18th Constitutional amendment,  the  subject  of  Child Welfare  and  Protection  was devolved  to  the  Provinces,  resultantly,  the  Provincial  Governments  have been  supposed to legislate on these devolved subjects.

According to Statement of Objects and Reasons, it is expedient to provide for the protection of children from all forms of physical  or  mental  violence,  harm,  injury  or  abuse,  neglect  or  negligent  treatment, maltreatment  or  exploitation,  including  sexual  abuse, while  in  the  care  of  parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child or where the child has no person providing care.

It is to mention that it was the longest duration of 532 days by any committee of Balochistan Assembly to report back on any of the bill while the shortest period between introduction and passage of the Balochistan Witness Protection Bill, 2015 was 37 days.

 

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