Zartaj terms Capital Cops’ Gender Protection Unit as excellent initiative

By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: Minister of state for Climate change Zartaj Gul and MNA Maleeka Bukhari on Thursday visited Islamabad Police Gender Protection Unit in sector F-6 and appreciated the police initiative.
They highly appreciated this initiative and the role and performance of the Unit, saying it has really put a check on incidents as violence against women and children. SSP Operations Dr. Syed Mustafa Tanweer and ASP Amna Baig were also present on the occasion.
Zartaj Gul and Maleeka Bukhari thanked the command of Islamabad police for the steps taken by the police as these will restore the trust of the public in police. They also assured their cooperation to Islamabad police to project this initiative through social media and other platforms.

SSP Operations while briefing the legislators said that it was the brainchild of Inspector General of Police Qazi Jamil-ur-Rehman with a mission to provide community-focused gender and child sensitive police services so that all individuals in Islamabad may safely exercise their fundamental right to a life of dignity free of discrimination and violence.
He emphasized that Islamabad police cares if you are a woman or transgender in distress. “Call anytime of the day or night. You will find our lady officers ready to assist,” he added. ASP Amna Baig while briefing about the Gender Protection Unit and helpline 8090 said that on 21 May 2021, Islamabad police established the Unit to help women and transgender in distress. It comes with a 24/7 walk-in facility, and a toll-free helpline 8090. The responders are female police officers, responding all across Islamabad, she added. She said that, within a month of establishing this Unit, we received around 65 calls and 77 walk-in complainants, 131 complaints in total. Also, 46 of these complaints stand completely resolved as of today, Amna said.
The biggest chunk of complaints 51 in total related to domestic violence, whereas 11 harassment complaints were resolved. “We have an 86 percent positive feedback from all the complainants and honestly the biggest success has been the neighbours/bystanders reporting domestic violence,†she said.