Torture is becoming alarmingly common in our society. Worst forms of torture is practiced by police against the suspects during interrogation. ‘Third Degree’ is common in Police Stations, Judicial lock ups, jails and cells, which means use of the worst forms of torture to extract information from the accused. Violence which occurs outside the boundaries of Police Stations, Jails and Cells converts to torture within the walls of Police Stations, Jails and Cells. Women, being the weaker of the two sexes and low social status are particularly vulnerable.
Torture, physical violence, and negligence of rule of law are the matter of grave concern for the global community, which indeed led the United Nations to draft and subsequently pass the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials. United Nations has also urged the state parties to devolve Code of Conduct for Law enforcement officials, along the lines of the UN Code, in their respective countries. A Convention Against Torture (CAT) has also been passed by UN General Assembly.Although Pakistan has not yet ratified CAT, but torture is not permitted under the constitution of Pakistan. Law Enforcement Agencies need to realize their role and responsibilities in this regard.
SEHER a pilot project of Torture on Women in Police Custody(TWPC) was started with the intention and hope that based on learning from the pilot phase long term and full-fledged intervention would be initiated in all those districts of Balochistan, where torture incidences are increasing. The strategy revolved with capacity building of staff, consensus building meetings with NazimChiltan Town Quetta, consensus building meeting with SEHER Quetta partners, capacity building of Law Enforcing Agencies Officials on UN-Code of Conduct, training of Police Senior Police and Jail Authorities, training at Sibi Police Stations, signing of MoU with the Police Department, sensitization workshops on Ending Torture Against women in Police Custody, sensitization Workshop for Parliamentarians (MPAs, MNAs, Senators) on ETAWOC, workshop for Journalist, Lawyers and CSO’s on ETAWOC, sensitization Workshops for Police Executives, sensitization workshops for senior officers on ETAWPC and Media Monitoring.