5 Harassment Laws Every Woman In Pakistan Should Be Aware Of!
Harassment for women is a serious offense and crime in Pakistan, and due to its rampant occurrence; Pakistani women need to be aware of laws that passed to protect them and give them justice. Education and knowledge is the key to legal security against offenders and standing for your right. Therefore, do check out these 5 laws that are very crucial to know if you're a woman living in Pakistan.
1. Section 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code 1860
This law states that 'If an individual insults a woman concerning her modesty, either, by gestures or words, the offender can be criminally listed for three years of prison, or with a fine, or including both'.
2. Section 366A of Pakistan Penal Code 1860
This law states that 'If a girl under the age of 18 and is forced to perform sexual intercourse, the offender is accountable to a sentence of 10 years along with a fine'.
3. Section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860
This law states that 'If an individual commands sexual favoursand employs a verbal or non-verbal style of communication, creating any kind of inconvenience, the offender is subject to a sentence of three years or fine, or both the punishments'.
4. Section 509 of Pakistan Penal Code 1860
This law states that 'If a person presents a false allegation of fornication towards any woman, the person is accountable to five years in imprisonment, including a fine'.
5. The Section 2(H) of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010
This law states that anyone making unwanted sexual advances, asking for sexual courtesies, or uses any verbal or physical behaviour that befalls in the section of workplace harassment, creates obstacles with work performance or generates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment for co-workers, can be subject to following punishments:
• Censure withholding for a particular time
• Promotion or increment stoppage for a definite period
• Recovery or compensation, allocated to the victim from the offender’s salary or any alternate source.
• Putting the offender back to a inferior position
• Obligatory retirement
• Elimination from service
• Removal from service or compensation through a hefty fine.