HYDERABAD: Provincial Women Development Minister Syeda Shehla Raza has said that the Sindh government is committed to eliminate harassment of women and that was why formation of an inquiry committee in every department was ensured besides displaying the code of conduct at prominent places in order to create awareness among employees.

Addressing a harassment awareness programme in Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro on Monday, she said the purpose of establishment of the provincial ombudswoman was to ensure enabling environment for women so that they could play their role in Pakistan’s socioeconomic development. Harassment was an unforgivable crime, she said.

Earlier, Sindh Ombudsman retired Justice Shahnawaz Tariq said that no one would be able to harass working women as the culprit would face legal action and penalty. He said society as a whole would have to create an environment of respect and honour to women in every department.

MPA Hina Dastagir said that respect of women led to development of society.

“We have to give confidence to our sisters and daughters so that they could play their role in every sector successfully,” she added, warning that harassment was not allowed in any civilised society.

Others who also spoke on the occasion included Arfana Mallah, Amar Sindhu, Sohail Ahmed Almani, Aneesa Waliullah and others.

Published in Dawn, February 4th, 2020