QUETTA - Balochistan lawmakers on Wednesday informed that the provincial government would soon move a bill to end corporal punishment, so that exploitation of children rights could be curbed.
National Party MPA, Yasmin Lehri and Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party MPA Nasrullah Zeeray spoke at a focus group discussion co-organised by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Sociology Department, University of Balochistan. They said that draft of the bill for enacting laws to stop corporal punishment and exploitation of children rights has been prepared and the Balochistan Assembly would soon start its proceedings in this connection.
They said the Balochistan government was cognizant of its responsibility of taking stern action against the elements involved in exploiting children rights. It is reality that corporal punishment leaves negative psychological effects on children, they said.
Earlier, SPARC Regional Manager Hanif Khan Panezai told the participants that his organisation has provided technical assistance to the Balochistan government in making the draft for legislation to put a halt to corporal punishment, ensure compulsory education in Balochistan and establishment of borstal institution at district level.
He hoped that CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch led-government would move the bill in the Balochistan Assembly for legislation adding that the measures of the incumbent government in this regard would lay a foundation stone in ensuring restoration and protection of children rights in Balochistan.