Dar-ul-Amans In Balochistan
The Balochistan Assembly on the 26th of August passed a resolution demanding the provincial government to set up Dar-ul-Amans’ in six divisional headquarters of the province so that the women subject to domestic violence could seek shelter in them.
The Resolution was moved by Yasmeen Lehri of the National Party in the house during the session presided over by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani.
It was passed when only fourteen (14) out of the sixty-five (65) members were present in the House, while for a complete quorum at least seventeen (17) members are required. However, neither the members of the opposition nor the treasury benches pointed out to the chair that the quorum was incomplete during the session.
Dar-ul-Amans are not available in Sibi and other districts of Balochistan for women who suffer from domestic violence or are forced to leave their homes. They are only available in Quetta, with the women facing untoward situations in far-flung districts of Balochistan have no other option, but to suffer through the domestic violence.
With regard to the Dar-ul-Amans in Quetta, it has been pointed out that they are not up to the standard required.
Supporting the Resolution, the provincial ministers Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and an MPA from the National Party, Dr Shama Ishaq demanded Dar-ul-Amans to be established in all the thirty-three (33) districts of the province. They also suggested that funds should be allocated for the purpose in the next budget.