Thursday August 23, 2007
Lahore, Pakistan: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said that 420 women, including 185 minors, were reportedly raped and 424 women, including 115 minors, were reportedly gang-raped during 2006 in the country.
The War Against Rape (WAR) coordinator Sidra Humayun gave these figures on the second day of a training workshop for female medico-legal officers.
The workshop was organised by German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in collaboration with WAR.
Doctors and NGOs participated in the workshop and shared the details of gang rapes and medico-legal facilities in Pakistan.
The WAR distributed copies of Injured Persons (Medical Aid) Act, 2004 among participants, the Daily Times reported.
Dr Zanib Parveen discussed medical protocols and procedures for examining a survivor of rape or sexual assault, and Dr Akmal Shaheen conducted the first regular session on laws relating to sexual violence and the measures required before a medical examination.
Barrister Haider Mirza was the legal resource person for the session.
Fatima Memorial Hospital Lahore’s emergency medicine head facilitated a session titled ‘rape kit: an international perspective’, which was aimed at introducing the rape kit to participating doctors so that they could use it in practice in near future while examining medico-legal crimes.
GTZ is part of the Women’s Protection Project initiated by the Punjab Government’s Social Welfare and Women’s Development Department.