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Police vehicles patrol during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown to try to contain the coronavirus, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Image Credit: AP

Karachi: Sindh Law and Environment Adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab has asked the Sindh Police to set up a special cell to deal with cases of gender-based violence.

Wahab gave this advice as he spoke at a ceremony held at Central Police Office (CPO) in Karachi in honour of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Bux Buriro for showing gallantry along with his daughter in arresting the main accused of the recent Kashmore incident. The ASI and his family were brought to the CPO in a specially decorated buggy escorted by ceremonial police band and mounted policemen.

The proposed cell to deal with cases of gender-based violence will be in addition to eight dedicated women police stations in Sindh as two of these police stations are in Karachi, and one each in the cities of Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, and Larkana. Over two years ago, a decision was reached to rename these police stations as women and children protection units with increase of the strength of police personnel deputed there with specialised training to deal with cases related to women and minors. According to the proposal, each such police unit would have a strength of four inspectors, eight sub-inspectors, 16 ASIs, 50 head constables, and 122 constables. The proposal is still being implemented. Last month, the Sindh Police decided to unveil a smart phone application and web portal to use latest technology for quick lodging of cases related to crimes committed against women. A meeting in this regard held and chaired by Inspector-General of Sindh Police Mushtaq Mahar decided that personnel of the Women Protection Cell of Sindh Police would be given training to use the smart phone app and web portal to prevent human rights’ violations against women and minors.