PROVINCIAL OMBUDSMAN,THE PROTECTION AGANIST HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORK PLACE , GOVERNMENT OF SINDH.

MESSAGE BY SYED PIR ALI SHAH, FORMER JUDGE OF HIGH COURT OF SINDH, KARACHI.

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“The Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act IV of 2010” was legislated by the Senate of Pakistan on 9th of March 2010.
As per Law, Syed Pir Ali Shah, Former judge of Sindh High Court, was appointed as the First Ombudsman of this Act and his office was established at 7th Floor, New Sindh Secretariat Building No-1, Karachi, vide Sindh Government notification dated 05-07-2012. Sindh Government has thus taken massive steps towards effective implementation of anti-sexual harassment legislation and there has been consistent effort by the Sindh Government to provide a common platform for women development. Ombudsman has to act as a legal, impartial intermediary between the employees and the management. As much as 200 complaints lodged up till now have been investigated with confidentiality and resolved on the basis of evidence and also through mediation with necessary recommendations. It is pertinent to mention that under Section 3 of this Act, around 1800 enquiry committees have been formed within public as well as Private Sector’s Departments/Organizations with the intervention and efforts of this office.
The office of the Provincial Ombudsman provides relief to working women suffering from the grievance of sexual harassment, carries out the investigation while maintaining the confidentiality of the complainants, takes stern action against the accused as prescribed by the Law when the accused is proven guilty. The aim of the office is to redress the grievances of the complainants and to ensure provision of a safe and a secured environment to a woman at her workplace.
As such, the institution of the Provincial Ombudsman is considered to be the ideal solution to achieve the objective of providing justice at one’s door steps without adopting lengthy procedures and requirements of the judicial system, without payment of any cost or court fee and relief has been provided, either directly or indirectly, to a large number of complaints belonging to urban as well as interior Sindh.
Furthermore, the Provincial Ombudsman and his team analyze each dispute with an open mind and if necessary, listen to the parties concerned patiently and sympathetically so as to find a practical and unbiased solution.
Under the Hon’ble Provincial Ombudsman’s able leadership, his team continuously remains involved in doing ground work to further the progress of this institution by conducting spot enquiry visits, awareness meetings and workshops at various organizations in order to ensure that the provisions of this law are being followed in letter and spirit. The Ombudsman also strives on increasing more awareness and as such: ‘Awareness Campaign Drive 2015’ was launched in which, as much as 80 successful awareness programs, seminars, workshops and trainings were carried out in urban as well as rural areas of the Sindh Province. On 27th January 2016, the Ombudsman launched the ‘Awareness Campaign Drive 2016’ and till date, the awareness work continues to evolve strongly with the support from Government of Sindh.
 

FIRST PROVINCIAL OMBUDSMAN SINDH

THE PROTECTION AGAINST HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT THE WORKPLACE

 

 Government of Sindh, Official Web Portal.