Islamabad: Pakistan`s Parliament Monday passed
a landmark bill that makes violence against women and children a criminal offence that would carry prison terms and fines.
Under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection)
Bill that was passed by the Senate today, those found guilty
of beating women or children will face a minimum prison
sentence of six months and a fine of at least 100,000 rupees
The protection is also extended to the adopted, employed
and domestic helps in a household.
The bill was introduced by Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar and
passed unanimously by the upper house of the parliament, media
The National Assembly or the lower house of the Parliament
had already cleared the bill in 2009, and it will become a law
once President Asif Ali Zardari puts his seal on it.
The law classifies domestic violence as acts of physical,
sexual or mental assault, force, criminal intimidation,
harassment, hurt, confinement and deprivation of economic or
In the absence of such a law police could not arrest a man
who beat his wife or children as it was considered a domestic