PUNJAB WOMEN PROTECTION AUTHORITY ACT, 2017
(Act X of
[31 May 2017]
Act for the establishment of the Punjab Women Protection Authority.
necessary for the provision of a
comprehensive, efficient, effective
and gender equitable system for protection, relief
and rehabilitation of women against all
forms of violence in the Punjab; to control, monitor, and oversee that
system; and, to deal with matters ancillary thereto.
Be it enacted by the
Provincial Assembly of the Punjab as follows:
1. Short title, extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Punjab Women Protection Authority Act 2017.
(2) It shall extend
to whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
(1) In this Act:
(a) “Act” means the
Punjab Women Protection Authority Act 2017;
means Punjab Women Protection Authority established under the Act;
“defendant” means a person
against whom relief is sought by the aggrieved person;
General” means the Director General of the Authority;
means Government of the Punjab;
(f) “member” means a
member of the Authority;
means prescribed by rules or regulations made under the Act;
(h) “referred Act”
means the Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2016 (XVI of
means the regulations framed under the Act; and
(j) “rules” means the rules made under the
(2) An expression or word
used but not defined in the Act shall have the same meaning as is assigned
to it in the referred Act.
(1) The Government may, by notification, establish an Authority to be called
the “Punjab Women Protection Authority” to carry out the purposes of the
(2) The Authority
shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a common seal,
with powers, subject to the provisions of the Act, to acquire and hold
property, both movable and immovable, and may, by the said name, sue and be
(3) The Authority
shall not dispose of any immovable property without prior consent in writing
of the Government.
(4) The Authority
shall be headed by the Chairperson appointed by the Government, and shall
consist of the following members:
including at least two female members, of Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab to be nominated by the Government;
Secretary or, as the case may be Secretary to the Government, Home
Officer (Inspector General of Police) Punjab, or his representative,
not below the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police;
Secretary to the
Government, Social Welfare and Bait-ul-Maal
Secretary to the
Government, Women Development Department;
Secretary to the
Government, Public Prosecution Department;
members including, at least, two women, to be nominated by the
Director General of
The ex-officio members at (b) and (d) to (f) may be represented by an
officer of the concerned department not below the rank of an Additional
Secretary or, if there is no Additional Secretary, by an officer BS-19 and
The Chairperson shall receive such perks and privileges, and be subject to
such conditions of service as the Government may specify.
(5-b) For the purpose of
attending a meeting of the Authority, a member shall receive such travelling
allowance as may be determined by the Authority.]
(6) The tenure of the
members, other than ex officio members, shall be three years but the
Government may extend the term by one year.
(7) No act or proceedings
of the Authority shall be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy or defect
in the constitution of the Authority.
4. Qualifications of
members.– (1) A person shall be
eligible for appointment as a member who:
(a) is a Pakistani
citizen of sound mind and not less than twenty six
years of age;
(b) has not been
convicted by a court on charges of corrupt practices, moral turpitude or
misuse of power or authority under any law;
(c) is not an
(d) does not have any
conflict of interest with the purposes of the Authority or any financial
interest in any project or scheme, directly or indirectly, launched by the
(e) has worked
towards furtherance of the rights of women and gender equality for a minimum
period of three years.
5. Removal of
(1) The Chairperson and the members shall serve during the pleasure of the
Government and the Government may remove the Chairperson or a non-official
member in the prescribed manner.
(2) A non-official
member may resign by tendering resignation in writing.
6. Powers and
functions of the Authority.–
The Authority shall have the powers to:
maintain, monitor, govern, operate and construct Protection Centers in the
(b) initiate and maintain a continuous
process of comprehensive planning for the protection system;
implement and administer the protection system, relief to, and
rehabilitation of, the women against
(d) control, monitor, and oversee the administration and functioning
of the Committee and protection system;
(e) execute the
policies made by the Government for the provision
of protection, relief and rehabilitation of
women against all forms of violence;
appropriate projects for purposes of the Act;
(g) issue necessary
instructions, directions or guidelines to the Committee and District Women
Protection Officer or any other officer or official who is engaged in the
Protection System, or to any other body for the implementation of the
projects of the Authority and for effective implementation of the provisions
of the Act or the referred Act;
(h) formulate and
ensure minimum standards, code of conduct and Standard Operating Procedures
to be followed by the persons engaged in the Protection System;
assess and coordinate the execution of its policies;
(j) conduct survey
of the aggrieved persons desirous of being rehabilitated;
(k) institute a
mechanism for the periodic sensitization and awareness of the public
servants and employees of the Authority on issues involving women and
protection and relief of the aggrieved persons;
(l) carry out
execution of the monetary, protection or residence orders;
(m) ensure that a
case of violence registered with a police station in the
Province is referred to the Protection Centre for medical examination,
collection of forensics, investigation and prosecution and until the
Protection Centre is established in the District to make standing
arrangements for shifting of an aggrieved person, with her consent, to the
nearest Protection Centre;
(n) approve annual
strategy to improve the Protection Centre and shelter homes;
(o) enlist women
volunteers and women volunteer organizations in the District and assign
roles to such volunteers and organizations to assist the Protection Centers
in terms of advocacy, raising awareness, mediation and referring the victims
to the Protection Centers;
(p) approve the
annual report about the key performance
indicators, operations of the Protection Centers and gaps in
the implementation of the Protection System for submission to the
(q) accept donations
such as land, vehicles, equipment, money or human resource for
facilitation of the functioning of the Protection System;
(r) acquire property, both movable and immovable
undertake any works, incur any expenditure and
enter into contracts to this effect;
(s) seek assistance for the establishment of Protection
Centres or for the execution and operations of
all Protection Centers from a Government department, agency or person;
financial statements and feasibility reports, provide administrative
approvals, issue technical sanction, and initiate tendering and procurement
processes for the construction and maintenance of Protection
Centres and other allied works;
(u) approve the
annual budget and to re-appropriate funds;
(v) carry out
(w) monitor and
evaluate establishment or construction of the standardized Protection
Centres according to their capacity;
(x) provide funding
to the District Women Protection Committee to carry out its functions;
(y) take such other
measures and perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the
Government and as are necessary for carrying out the purposes of the Act.
(1) The Authority shall meet at least once in a month, at
such time and, place and shall observe such procedure in regard to
transaction of its business and meetings as may be prescribed and until so
prescribed as the Authority may determine.
(2) The meetings of the
Authority shall be presided over by the Chairperson and in the absence of
the Chairperson, by a member elected for the purpose by the members present.
(3) The quorum for a
meeting of the Authority shall be one third of the total number of members.
8. Delegation of
The Authority may delegate to the Chairperson, a member, Director General or
an officer of the Authority any of its powers, duties or functions, except
the power to:
(a) approve the
(b) approve the
annual performance report;
(d) make policy
(1) The Government shall, on such terms and conditions as it may determine,
appoint the Director General.
The Director General shall be the Chief Executive of the Authority and
(a) be a whole time officer of the
(b) perform such duties as may be prescribed or as may be assigned or
delegated to him by the Authority; and
(c) hold office for a term of three years but he shall serve during
the pleasure of the Government.
The Government may extend the term of office of the Director General for
such period as it may determine.
The Government may, by serving one month’s notice or on payment of one
month’s salary in lieu of the notice, remove the Director General.
The Director General may, by serving one month’s notice or on payment of one
month’s salary in lieu of the notice, resign.
case the office of Director General is vacant for any reasons whatsoever,
the Government may make such temporary arrangements for the discharge of
functions of the Director General.
(1) The Authority may, in the prescribed manner, appoint such officers,
advisors and employees as it considers necessary for efficient performance
of its functions and determine the terms and conditions of service.
(2) The Authority may
acquire the services of such officers, advisors and employees on deputation
from any agency as it deems necessary.
All persons acting or purporting to act under the Act shall be deemed to be
public servants within the meanings of section 21 of the Pakistan Penal
Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
12. Liability for
Any person employed by or serving under the Authority, charged with the
administration of the affairs of the Authority, acting on behalf of the
Authority or acting under a contract with the Authority, who is responsible
any loss, waste, misappropriation of
any money or property belonging to the Authority; or
any act which may adversely affect an
aggrieved person approaching a Protection Centre, which is a direct
consequence of his negligence or misconduct in the discharge of his duties -
shall be liable to
compensate the Authority as determined by it after affording reasonable
opportunity of being heard.
The Authority may seek assistance of the police in the discharge of its
duties and performance of functions under the Act or under referred Act.
14. Powers of Additional
Inspector General Women Protection.–
shall be an Additional Inspector General Women Protection for purposes of
the Act or the referred Act.
(2) The Additional Inspector General Women Protection shall be a police
(3) The Authority may authorize the Additional Inspector General
Women Protection to:
supervise the working of police officers posted at the Protection Centers in
report to the Provincial Police Officer (Inspector General Police) Punjab on
a bi-weekly basis all the cases at the Protection
conduct evaluation of the police officers at the Protection
provide remedial measures to the police officers and victims of gender-based
supervise and monitor prosecution of cases under the referred Act;
oversee and monitor prosecution on gender-based crimes and performance of
police officials at the Protection Centers; and
perform such other functions as may be prescribed or as the Authority may
(1) There shall be a Fund to be known as the Punjab Women Protection
(2) The Fund shall vest in
the Authority and shall be utilized by the Authority in connection with its
functions under the Act including construction, maintenance, operations,
procurement and the payment of salaries and other remunerations to the
members, officers, servants, experts and consultants of the Authority.
The Fund shall consist of:
the grants received from the Government or from other domestic or
(b) monetary relief payable to the
Authority by the defendants under a monetary order by the court under
section 9 of referred Act;
(c) any gifts or
donations received by the Authority;
(d) income from any other sources.
The Fund shall be maintained and invested in such manner as may be
The Authority shall not obtain any loan and shall not incur any financial
The Authority shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and
prepare annual statement of accounts in such manner and form as may be
The Authority shall prepare every year, in such form and manner and at such
time as may be prescribed, a budget in respect of the next financial year
showing the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Authority and shall
submit it to the Government for approval.
(1) The accounts of the Authority shall be audited by the Auditor General of
(2) In addition to the
audit under subsection (1), the Authority or the Government may appoint a
firm of Chartered Accountants or any Government audit agency to audit the
accounts of the Authority.
(3) The Authority shall
also make such arrangements for pre-audit or concurrent audit of accounts as
may be necessary.
The Government may, at any time, direct to
have the performance audit of the Authority by a person or agency appointed
by the Government.
(1) The Director General shall, within three months of the end of a
financial year, submit the annual performance report to the Authority
enumerating all activities, developmental initiatives undertaken, the
targets achieved during the previous financial year and the future plans.
The Authority shall publish the report for public information and submit it
to the Government and the Government shall lay it before Provincial Assembly
of the Punjab within ninety days of its receipt.
No suit, prosecution or any other legal proceedings shall lie against the
Authority, the Director General, any member, officer, servant, expert or
consultant of the Authority, in respect of anything done or purported to be
done in good faith under the Act.
22. Power to make
The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for
carrying out the purposes of the Act .
Power to frame regulations.–
Subject to the Act and the rules, the Authority may, frame regulations for
matters not provided for in the Act or rules and for which provision is
necessary or expedient for carrying out the purposes of the Act.
Women Protection Authority Ordinance, 2017 (II of
2017) is hereby repealed.