Qurat Baloch’s murder seems incident of domestic violence, says Shehla Raza
HYDERABAD – Jul 20, 2021- Sindh Minister for Women’s Development Syeda Shehla Raza has said that according to the postmortem report of Qurat Baloch and the statements of her children, initially this murder is an incident of domestic violence and added whereas it doesn’t matter how powerful anyone but not above the law.
Shehla Raza assured, “We will provide full legal assistance to the family of the victim so that the killer can be brought to justice and given a dreadful punishment.
She was talking to media persons in Qasimabad, Hyderabad and condolences to the family of slain Quratul Ain Baloch who was allegedly killed by her husband in Barrage Colony area of Hyderabad.
Husband used to torture Qurat
Minister for Women’s Development said that initially it was found that the victim’s husband had been torturing her for a long time and even threatened to snatch the children if she disclosed about violence to anyone and that was the reason, the victim was afraid of losing her children.
Hence Qurat had been silently enduring her husband’s violence and for this reason she had not lodged a complaint against him.
She said that the officers and staff of the Women’s Development Department are always here to help women but sometimes complaints of domestic violence are taken as a personal matter.
Provincial Minister Shehla Raza said that there are complain centers for women’s issues in Hyderabad where they can register their problems and seek legal help.
Not consider domestic violence as a domestic dispute
She said that even the police should not consider such incidents of domestic violence as a domestic dispute because where there is violence against women, the police should take action against it.
The Sindh Assembly has also enacted legislation regarding women protection. Such incidents are also a moment of reflection for those who are against women’s rights legislation.
In response to a question, she said that the government is not afraid of such oppressors and if anyone thinks that he is powerful and above justice, as we are determined that we will continue to bring justice to the affected family.
Message to the women of Sindh
“I would like to convey the message to the women of Sindh province that the incidents of domestic violence should be registered in the complaint centers of the women’s development department in a timely manner so that timely action can be taken against such beasts and such incidents do not occur in the society,” she said.
To another question, she said that DIGs of all divisions of the province should extend full cooperation to the Women Development Department in cases of domestic violence and other similar incidents where injustice has been done to women.
Earlier, Shehla Raza offered condolences to the family of slain Qurat Baloch, who was allegedly killed by her husband’s violence, and assured them that the Sindh government and the women’s development department would use all their resources to help the affected family.
On the occasion, the victim’s family requested to appoint Siraj Lashari as investigation officer the case and provisions of anti- terrorism law also be included in the FIR.
The provincial minister assured all possible cooperation to the family of the deceased.
Director Women Development Ashiq Hussain Kalhoro, ASP Alina Rajpar, Women Complaints Cell in-charge Quratul Ain Shah and others were present on the occasion.