Islamabad: Involvement of women in drug pushing rises
ISLAMABAD: Like many other shortcomings in society, a sharp increase is witnessed in form of women drug pushers as 135 cases were brought to district court of the federal capital during last three months under sections 9-A, 9-B and 9-C of Drug Act.
A look into the record of district court of last three months (August-October) 135 women were booked for drug using and selling under section 9-A, 9-B and 9-C (Drug Act, using and selling charas, ganjha, opium and heroin).
The court of Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Yaar Muhammad Gondal received 34 drugs related cases against women registered with different police stations under section 9 of Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997, in which 10 women booked in under section 9-B, 13 women caught in under section 9-A and 11 women has booked under section 9-C.
In the court of former ASJ Kamran Mufti, 16 cases were registered against women to using and selling drugs, in which six women were booked under section 9-A, eight men and under section 9-B and two women booked under section 9-C.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Wajahat Hussain court received 26 such cases against women registered with different police stations under section 9 of Control of Narcotic.
As many as 20 cases under section 9 of Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997 reached court of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Kashif Qayyum while 18 to court of Judicial Magistrate Naeem Shoukat. Civil Judge Rai Liyqat Kharal received 21 drugs relative cases against women.
The year 2010 witnessed registering of 369 cases with the district courts against women under drug charges.
According to Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997, if any person caught with indicted under section 9-A, in this section the imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both, if the quantity of the narcotic drug, psychotropic substance or controlled substance is one hundred grams or less.
In section 9-B imprisonment which may be extended to seven years and shall also be liable to fine, if the quantity of the narcotic drug, psychotropic substance or controlled substance exceeds one hundred grams but does not exceed on kilogram.
In section 9-C, imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for a term which may be extended to 14 and shall also be liable to fine which may be extended up to one million rupees, if the quantity of narcotic drug, psychotropic substance or controlled substance exceeds the limits on kilograms.
Additional Sessions Judge Court Reader Khalid said that according to law and order the punishment in drug using and selling was same for man and women but women who involved in that matter gave advantage to Women Protection Act 2006, in which the criminal women were to seek sympathy on humanities grounds that’s why the crime ratio in women were increasing.
Station House Officer (SHO) Women Police Station, Parveen Fatima talking to Daily Times, said the crime ratio no doubt, had increased for the year 2011. She said that in last year very few cases were registered in WPS. She said that police departments on and off organise awareness programme and conduct workshops on this issue but it was revealed that if a woman was involved in drug-trafficking find it difficult to come out of it.