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Laws to protect women’s property rights, senior citizens welfare take effect in Pakistan


Women greet each other after the Eid al-Adha prayer at the historic Badshahi Mosque in Lahore on July 21, 2021. The government approved a law guaranteeing women’s property rights and their protection from harassment / coercion.
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Islamabad: The Pakistani government has approved two laws to ensure women’s property rights and protection from harassment / coercion and the well-being of older citizens.

Following approval by President Dr. Arif Alvi, both bills – the Women’s Rights Protection (Amendment) Law 2021 and the 2021 Senior Citizens Law – went into effect immediately as Acts of Parliament.

The National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan have previously unanimously passed the bills.

Ensuring women’s property rights protects women’s right to own property and ensures that their rights are not violated through harassment, coercion, force or fraud.

“It offers an efficient and fast grievance mechanism, whereby any woman who is deprived of ownership or possession of her property can appeal to the Ombudsman if there is no legal action against that property,” the law says. …

The law is a step in the right direction as it places a time limit on the resolution of disputes over women’s property.

Under the second law, steps will be taken for the well-being of the elderly citizens of Islamabad.

According to the law, the Seniors Council and Darul Shafkat (nursing home) will be created for seniors, and people over 60 will be eligible for a senior citizen card.

According to the law, seniors will receive free admission to museums, parks and libraries, as well as medical facilities, subsidies for medicines and individual wards.

Financial assistance will also be provided to deserving older people, including a 20 percent subsidy on air travel and rail travel, according to the bill.

In April this year, the Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Shirin Mazari, in her statement on the objects of the Senior Citizens Bill, stated: “The state is obliged to provide protection either directly or through institutions set up to provide financial assistance to older persons. citizens. Everyone has the inalienable right to a healthy and comfortable home, healthy food, appropriate clothing, care for physical and mental health, as well as the right to rest, job stability and respect. “

The law requires a unit to establish and maintain a nursing home, known as Darul Shafqat, in an accessible location to accommodate low-income senior citizens of Islamabad.

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