The Ministry of Law and Justice on Tuesday formed a special committee of 40 people in accordance with the requirements of Article 15 of the Rape Law of 2021 (investigation and trial). Parliamentary Secretary to the Bar Maleeka Ali Bukhari has been appointed chairman of the committee.
Section 15 gives the Department of Justice the power to establish such committees, and its members generally operate on a voluntary or honorary basis.
It is well within the committee’s right to approach any federal or provincial ministry, department, office, or authority to ensure that rape laws are implemented. The committee may also apply to the competent authorities to initiate disciplinary action against those who do not comply with its directives.
According to Dawn.com, the committee includes retired judge Nasira Iqbal, lawyer Ambreen Abbasi (consultant and representative of the Ministry of Law), JR Sultan (section officer of the Ministry of Law), Amna Anwar Siddiqui (secretary of the committee), representatives chief secretaries from the four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, director general of the Legal Aid and Justice Authority, a representative of the National Database and Regist¬ration Authority (Nadra), Maria Taimur and Amna Baiq (PSP officers) , Fauzia Viqar (senior policy and gender advisor), presenters Maria Memon, Fareeha Idris and Alina Shigri, lawyer Muhammad Ahmad Pansota, lawyer Ambreen Qureshi, lawyer Taimur Malik, lawyer Hammad Raza Sultan, Sharafat Ali Chaudhry, GDP Executive Director Valerie Khan, Trauma Specialist Dr Khadija, Police Surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed, Nida Aly, Nida Usman, Abuzar Salman Khan Niazi, Mehwish Muhib Kakakhel, Muhammad Ali Nekokara, Lawyer Syeda Jugnoo Kazmi, Director of Legal Aid Society Maliha Zia, Chairperson of Punjab Women’s Protection Authority Fatima Asif, MPAs Sidra Imran and Sumaira Shams, Chairperson of the Office of Child Protection and welfare Sarah Ahmad, the founder and CEO of Beti Ramma Shahid Cheema and forensic expert Dr Ayesha Sarwar.
The recently adopted rape law aims to establish special courts and use modern devices in the investigation and trial of rape cases.