National Assembly passes Zainab Alert Bill to curb child abuse
The National Assembly passed the much-awaited Zainab Alert Bill which will introduce a response and recovery mechanism for missing children and will help the family to file a complaint against the kidnappers within a few hours.
Zainab Alert Bill was presented by the Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari in the National Assembly on Friday which marks the second death anniversary of Zainab Ameen Fatima, a 7-year-old who was brutally raped and murdered in 2018.
Earlier in 2019, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights had unanimously passed the Zainab Alert Bill on 8th October.
According to Geo News, the bill will pave the way for the setting up of the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency (ZARRA), where missing child cases will be reported.
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The bill also proposes an increase in the imprisonment period in child abuse cases; a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 14 years and also, action against those police officials who delay the investigation.
Moreover, ZARRA will activate alerts at the federal capital level whenever there is a report about a missing or abducted child.
These alerts will include information on the physical characteristic of the child and other information that will help in their identification.
Furthermore, the authority will also coordinate with PTA for issuance of Zainab Alert SMSes and MMSes while PEMRA will rub tickers on television channels or any other available medium.
A nationwide telephonic toll-free hotline number will also be set up where anyone can report the case of a missing or abducted child. Authorities will also maintain an online database in the National Commission of the Rights of the Child (NCRC) and the division concerned with every reported incident of a missing or abducted child.
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