August 8, 2023

By Maryam Missal


For females enrolled in the police recruit course in Lahore, the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell (AGHS) conducted training on reporting gender-based violence on Tuesday. This was done as part of AGHS’s campaign, “Report GBV – Break the Silence.”

The purpose of this training was to instruct the young female police recruits on how to report GBV and to inform them of the channels they can use to do so.

Senior Superintendent of Police Umer Riaz and Advocate High Court Shabbir Hussain served as the event’s trainers.

The trainees were provided with ample knowledge about the sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) that deal with all kinds of GBV, including honour killing, rape, abduction, sexual harassment and digital harassment.

Hussain while speaking to the trainees said,

“It is the responsibility of the Police to ensure the victim’s safety, privacy, and accessibility to justice.”

Students received training by Riaz on the various violations that can be committed against women and children as well as how to properly file a First Information Report (FIR).

The trainees expressed a deep interest in the many case studies that Riaz presented as he guided them through those cases and demonstrated how to bring justice to a victim.

Senior Member of AGHS and Advocate High Court, Alia Malik, said, “AGHS works to make access to justice easier for people. For this purpose, we provide legal aid, raise awareness, and conduct advocacy campaigns for better laws.”

Malik said that training young female police recruits is a part of our awareness campaign. Speaking about the effects of the training, Malik stated that the police are the most crucial first responders who should be informed and aware of the laws that can be used to accommodate the victims.

To eradicate GBV from society, the female police force must be strengthened, according to Umer Riaz. The police department is keen to have female representation in the department.


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