By Tahir Niaz
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to amend laws to check the increasing number of killing in the name of honour, Information Minister Sherry Rehman said on Wednesday.
She told reporters after attending a high-level meeting that the state would be the complainant in honour killing cases in the future. The minister added that amendments were required in the relevant law passed by the previous government. Sherry said that gender crime cells would be set up at the central and provincial levels to ensure legal assistance to female victims. She said that the law minister had been asked to formulate recommendations for amendments in the relevant laws.
The information minister confirmed reports that two women were buried alive in Balochistan in the name of honour. The families of the women had also consented to become complainants in the case, she said.
Sherry said that she had personally spoken to officials in Balochistan about the incident of the maltreatment with Firdous Bibi in Sui and had demanded an explanation. Law Minister Farooq Naik, Interior Secretary Kamal Shah, Law Secretary Agha Rafique and police officials participated in the meeting.
Sherry, who also has the portfolio the Women Development Ministry, chaired the meeting.