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4 Categories: Minister Shows Disappointment Over Poor Conviction Rate in Punjab

-- Conviction in murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery cases remained below average in last two years

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LAHORE– Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has admitted the conviction rate for murder, kidnapping, robbery and rape is disappointing, so public prosecutors should work hard to increase the conviction rate in such heinous crimes.

He was addressing a meeting at the Civil Secretariat on Thursday. The meeting reviewed the two-year performance of the Punjab Public Prosecution Department.

Raja Basharat further urged the prosecutors to assist the police in the investigation without any delay as soon as the incident occurs.

He directed the department to make such amendments in the law so that the rape victim does not have to go round the court repeatedly.

Earlier in the briefing, the secretary said that “in the last two years, the conviction rate was 28% in murder, 3% in kidnapping, 6% in rape and 24% in theft and robbery.

The department is facing shortage of buildings, vehicles, staff, budget, IT and training facilities while 731 out of 3,866 posts are vacant.

Only Rs25 is allocated in the budget for preparing the file of a case. Prosecution office buildings in Okara, Layyah and Sialkot have been completed, while office buildings in the other 13 districts will be completed by next year.

The process of computerization of the department is underway, so far records of more than 236,000 cases have been uploaded while the office of the Prosecutor General Punjab is being computerized at a cost of Rs. 70 millions.”

The Secretary further said overall conviction rate for crimes in 2019 was about 62% while this year it was more than 70%.

The Law Minister assured that the officers to work hard and every possible cooperation would be extended to solve their problems.

Provincial Minister for Prosecution Chaudhry Zaheer, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Secretary Prosecution, Prosecutor General Punjab and concerned officers were also present on the occasion.— HANDOUT