NA passes Zainab Alert Bill
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed the Zainab Alert, Recovery and Response Bill, 2020, aimed at raising an alert, response and recovery of missing and abducted children.
Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari moved a motion for consideration of the bill as passed by the Senate with amendments. The bill will become an “Act of Parliament” after President Arif Alvi signs the bill.
The Lower House passed the motion and considered the bill as reported by the Senate. All cases involving the kidnapping, rape and murder of minor children will be required to complete investigations within three months.
The bill will raise the required alerts and initiate the responses required for recovery of missing, abducted, abused or kidnapped children in the entire country. It will help to provide a speedy system for alerts, responses, recoveries, investigations, trails and rehabilitation to prevent and curb criminal activities against the children.
The bill will also ensure harmonization and cohesion in the workings of the new agencies and institutions established for the protection of children and already exacting mechanisms within this field.
According to the bill, the maximum sentence handed down to perpetrators of child sexual abuse will be life imprisonment with a fine of Rs1 million while the minimum sentence will be 10 years. - APP