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How to File a Complaint against Women Harassment in Pakistan

Although, chances of sexual harassment to women is very rare in our country but it is also matter of fact that many women don't file any complaint regarding such issues mainly due to ignorance to the protection which Pakistani law has given to the women. Usually girls and women have to come outside of their houses either for education or for employment. And it is our duty to give awareness to the women so they can be protected and feel confident.
Pakistan has passed a law namely “The Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010”. It clearly defines harassment and harassment at workplace as well. The person responsible for this crime may be punished with imprisonment, which may extend to 3 years or fine up to PKR 500,000 (5 lakh) or with both.

How to report Women Harassment?

Get evidences e.g. messages, call recordings, photos about the incident and culprit and formally complain to the higher administration of your organization. And if you are not satisfied from investigation of the organization or still feel unprotected and harassed, you can approach to provincial or federal Ombudsperson Departments. Alternatively you can also file a complaint in court too.
You can reach to following departments to register your harassment complaint online:

Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace

It has its offices in Islamabad, Karachi and Peshawar.

Ombudsperson Punjab

Punjab Ombudsperson Department has its offices in all districts of Punjab where you can personally file your complaint or send it to main Lahore office via post.

Punjab Commission on the Status of Women

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Although a change in mindset and attitude is required to make workplace safer for women but until then we have to enforce the law to make harassment free society.

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