Kalpana Devi Calls For Legislation To Empower Pakistani Minorities

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A seminar on security of religious minorities was held in Karachi yesterday. A comprehensive action plan was suggested to deal with tht imbalance of power vested in the hands of certain segments of the society.

The seminar was titles ‘Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society.’ It had been organized by the Pakistan institute of labour education and research.

Advocate Kalpana Devi has been fighting the cause of religious minorities since almost 2 decades. She said: “The struggle to be recognised as citizens of the country can only be fruitful if the state frames laws that protect us. If we still are following an outdated constitution without any amendments to our status, we will never be given the same opportunities and protection.”

“We need amendments in the manual of the family law and must be recognised as sons of the soils; we are not Indian, but Pakistani.” said Kalpana Devi

The Dastageer project was also introduced at the seminar. It is already functional in 13 cities and aims to provide legal assistance on gender based violence, and to those affected by religious discrimination.