Women's Corner


Woman can do wonders for the betterment of her country and society. It is essential, therefore, for her to be educated so that her faculties be activated and she can take decisions based on good sense and not necessarily because men want things done in a certain day.

(Madar-e-Millat, 10th March 1956)



Ladies are particularly vulnerable to certain types of crime, including sexual assault. If you are a victim of any crime, report it to the police immediately. The victim should try to remember and identify the offender for progress of complaint e.g. complexion, physique, height, weight, age, type of clothing, etc. If possible note down the information and do not dispose of any physical evidence e.g. hair, blood stains or skin samples.

Some of the examples of women concerns are as under: 

  • They have car troubles while alone on the road

  • The actions of a spouse or partner makes them feel threatened

  • They arrive home and find a door or window open

  • They are sexually assaulted

​Safety Measures

The District Police firmly believes that crime could be eradicated to some extent by creating awareness among women. Women should consider these preventive measures to avoid stressful situations:

  • Be aware of your surroundings - know who's around you and what's going on. Walk with confidence and purpose. Be wary of isolated spots basements, laundry rooms, and parking lots
  • Whether at a hotel/restaurant or house party, make arrangements with trusted friends to look out for each other
  • Make sure your home is not an easy target for criminals and take proper arrangements to make your home safer
  • If you come home and see a door or a window broken, call the police immediately. Never enter the dwelling
  • If you have car trouble on road/highway/motorway call at 15 for Rescue Office and 1122 for Rescue Emergency, this will bring you official assistance
  • If a stranger stops to assist you, use caution. If concerned, get back in the car. Speak through a slightly lowered window and ask that person to get assistance for you
  • If you think you're being followed, change directions and look for open stores, restaurants, public place or a lighted home, call the police as soon as possible
  • Above all, if your instincts tell you that someone’s actions are threatening or an environment is unsafe, leave immediately
  • In order to avoid sexual harassment be aware of the fact that:
    • Assault can occur anytime and anyplace, and can happen to any female
    • Those who commit an assault can be anyone - strangers, neighbors, spouses, partners, co-workers, classmates, family members and even friends
    • The majority of assaults occur in an environment familiar to the victim e.g. home, office, school, dormitory, etc.

Inheritance Rights

Steps for Protection of Inheritance Rights of Women in Punjab - Definite Share of Women in Inheritence

  • To ensure the share of women in inheritence, distribution of property has been held mandatory after sanctioning mutation of inheritance  [S.135-A, 142-A Land Revenue Act]
  • It is mandatory to produce the NIC and Form B of the deceased and all his legal heirs including women, before the revenue officer for the transfer of property. 
  • In case the legal heirs do not reach upon a consensus in 30 days, the concerned revenue officer will himself conduct partition of property among legal heirs according to law
  • It is mandatory for the revenue officer to decide the matter of inheritance within 6 months
  • The registration fee of mutation with respect to transfer of inherited property of women has been abolished
  • District Enformence of Inheriance Rights Committee has been established in every district to address and redress the grievance. 
  • Revenue staff is liable to be punished for negligence
  • Legal heirs can approach the concerned District Collector/DCO in case of complaint

(Click here to view inheritance rights in urdu)

Under-age & Forced Marriages

  • Any person marrying a girl of less than 16 years of age and the person conducting such marriage, including the Nikkah Solemnizer and Nikkah Registrar shall be liable for imprisonment upto 6 months and fine Rs: 50,000/- [Punjab Child Marriage Restraint (amendment) Act 2015]
  • Customs like Wanni and marriage in lieu of compromise, or marriage with the Holy Quran are illegal, liable for imprisonment for 3 to 7 years and fine of Rs: 500,000/- [S.310-A, 498-C Pakistan Penal Code]
  • A person forcibly marrying a girl against her will is liable to be punished with imprisonment for 3 to 7 years and a fine of Rs: 500,000/- [S.498-B Pakistan Penal Code]
  • Complaint regarding underage marriage can be registered with Police/Union Council/Judicial Magistrate

(Click here to view the above laws in Urdu)

More than one Marriages in Urdu

Rights of women regarding more than one marriage are as follows:

  • Any person who entres into second marriage without permission of his first wife or arbitration council is liable to imprisonment for upto one year and fine upto PKR 500,000/- [6(5)]
  • A wife can consult the union council to demand her maintenance and that of her children from the husband. [9(A-1)]

(Click here to view the above laws in Urdu)

Nikkah Nama

Following rights are given to women in relation to Nikkah:

  • It is obligatory for the Nikkah khawan/Registrar to read out to the groom and bride all the columns of Nikkah Nama and fill them according to their answers, violation whereof is liable to punishment of imprisonment for one month and fine PKR 25000/- [S.5(2A)]
  • It is incumbent upon the Nikkah khawan and the person conducting marriage to have the nikkah riegstered, violation whereof is liable to punishment of imprisonment for three months and fine PKR 100,000/- [S.5(4)]

(Click here to view the above laws in Urdu)

Laws for Women Protection

(Click here to view the above laws in Urdu)

General Safety Tips

Given below are some measures to be followed by ladies for their safety:

  • Keep the least amount of money while shopping. Use plastic money (Debit/Credit card) as much as possible
  • Wear the least amount of jewlellery while shopping
  • Always hang your purse through neck at front
  • Keep the vehicle doors locked while driving
  • Take necessary precautions while withdrawing huge amount from bank
  • Do not accept edibles from strangers, and also train the children about it
  • Do not allow the strangers to enter home without identification
  • Make sure that NIC of your servant is attested by NADRA. Do not employ servants without identification
  • Do not leave small kids alone in the custody of single male/female servants
  • Train the kids to keep distance from strangers

(Click here to view the above laws in Urdu)

Women Development Achievements

Under the leadership of Mr. Shehbaz Shareef the honorable Chief Minister Punjab, the women development department has taken a lot of initiatives in Punjab for legal and economic empowerment of women including women entrepreneurship, property ownership, employment, decision making, education and vocational training through Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2012 and Punjab Women Empowerment Initiative 2014.

Many more women development initiatives are in line with the vision of Mr. Shehbaz Shareef, the role of women is important for progress of our country, to achieve prosperity in life and maintain peace in our country is almost impossible feat and unattainable achievements unless we protect and empower women. The Punjab government’s executed initiatives for women empowerment are as under:

Legal Empowerment

  • As per amendment in Land Revenue Laws women get facilitated accession of title of property through inheritance
  • Punjab Prevention of Violence Against Women Act 2016 has been promulgated
  • Punjab Commission on Status of Women Act 2014 has been promulgated and PCSW has been established
  • Punjab Prevention of Harassment at Workplace Act 2012 has been promulgated and Office of Ombudsperson has been established
  • Domestic Workers Policy has been approved by the Cabinet on Decemeber 17, 2015
  • Construction of Family Court Complexes has been started in 10 districts, and land has been identified in 7 more districts
  • Out of 709 police stations in the province, female help desks have been established in 680 police stations

Economic Empowerment

  • 4,80,218 women entrepreneurs were awarded loans amounting to Rs. 2.2 billion by Chief Minister Self Employment Scheme
  • Approximately 9000 Canteens in girls schools all over Punjab are owned by women contractors
  • 214 female colleges have canteens of which 127 are operated by female contractors and the rest of 87 canteens contract will be awarded to women once the existing contracts end

Property Ownership

  • 6000 Heifers and 6000 sheep/goats have been given to rural women
  • 11000 plots have been allocated on equal ownership of husbands and wives in Jinnah Abadis
  • Applications for provision of 1000 scooties on easy terms will be called on 8th of March 2016


  • Women’s quota in public sector jobs has been increased from 5% to 15%
  • Age limit for women job applicants has been increased by 3 years
  • Women contractual employees have been allowed one additional transfer option
  • Both parents are now entitled to maternity and paternity leave
  • Power of sanctioning of maternity leave has been delegated on divisional level officers
  • Punjab Day Care Fund Society funded 54 day care centres benefitting 1500 families
  • Women Development Department has established 16 working women hostels across Punjab, 5000 women have benefitted from them in last 2 years

Decision Making

  • In 2969 trade unions of Punjab, 44517 women are serving as office bearers after amendment in Trade Union Act (Amendment) 2016
  • 197 women in 63 board of governors are serving as voting members after enactment of Punjab Fair Representation of Women Act 2014


  • PEEF has awarded scholarships to 85000 female students amounting to Rs. 4 billion
  • PEF has awarded education vouchers to 100,000 female students
  • 57 new female colleges’ construction was started, out of which 51 are completed

Vocational Trainings

  • 120,000 women have been trained by PVTC
  • More than 12000 women have been trained by TEVTA
  • 1000 Domestic and Day Care workers have been trained by WDD
  • 14,740 rural women have been trained by Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF)
  • 3070 rural women have been given veterinary training regarding live stock & poultry
  • Note: These trainings are being conducted since 2012

Women Ombudsperson Punjab

The office of the Ombudsperson is a resource for any female of the community with a problem or concern. It provides informal conflict resolution, mediation services and advocacy for fair treatment and fair process. All the services provided are confidential.

For details, contact:

Farkhanda Wasim Afzal
Ombudsperson Punjab
174-Shadman-II, Lahore
Phone: 042-99268281-2

Punjab Commission on the Status of Women

The Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) is a statutory body established in February 2014 for promotion of women rights. After the devolution of women development to the provinces under the 18th amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, PCSW was conceived as an oversight body to ensure policies and programs of the government promote gender equality in Punjab. A major objective of PCSW is the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. For further details, please visit.