Acid crime prevention bill to be tabled in Sept

Published: July 23, 2010
Yasmeen said the final draft of the bill will be submitted by the ASF in the first week of August.

Yasmeen said the final draft of the bill will be submitted by the ASF in the first week of August.

ISLAMABAD: The “Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill” will be tabled before the National Assembly in September, announced Yasmeen Rehman, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Women Development.

She was addressing participants of the second national consultation on the draft bill organised by Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) here on Thursday.

Yasmeen said the final draft of the bill will be submitted to the Ministry of Women (MoW) by the ASF in the first week of August and then will be sent to the law ministry for vetting.

She said that the bill recommended two years imprisonment and fine on those people who sell acid to the public without ‘proper procedure’.

The participants suggested life imprisonment or a fine of at least Rs500,000 for the person who uses acid as a weapon.

Yasmeen recommend that cases of acid burn survivors be dealt under the special Ombudsperson that will be created in the near future to deal with harassment cases.

She was of the view that the acid burn victims takes months or years to recover; therefore in the beginning they are not in a position to attend the regular court proceedings. “Going to the Ombudsperson for speedy justice can be a great help for them,” she maintained.

Yasmeen further said that that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had given directives to the MoW concerning the Ombudsperson.

Every year a large number of females are victim to acid throwing incidents and are later condemned by their families and the society. She said it is the responsibility of the whole nation to unite against such criminals who destroy the life of these women and their families.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Mughees Amin, a social activist from Bahawalpur said that the majority of such incidents take place in southern Punjab where acid is used to prepare cotton seed.

“Among 53 reported cases of acid burn in the year 2009, 41 were from Southern Punjab,” he recalled. Highly concentrated acid is available freely in the area commonly known as ‘Seraiki Belt.’ He said that not many people are aware of the fact that damage can be controlled to a great extent only if the victim is immediately irrigated with plain or saline water as it helps to dilute the impact of the acid.

Executive Director ASF Valarie Khan said that acid violence is an international problem and incidences of such attacks can be found in diverse parts of the world.

She said that although the acid burn cases account for only a fraction of overall cases of domestic violence in Pakistan, it is one of the most torturous and debilitating form of violence.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2010.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • furqan amjad
    Jul 23, 2010 - 9:06AM

    It’s the male mentality of control of the women in our society that has led to so many cases of acid throwing.

    Our men believe staunchly that women are their personal property & when a woman tries to stand up for her rights,this is a shock to the man & he can’t deal with it rationally & to reassert his superiority he throws acid on her:”if she won’t be mine than she won’t be anyone else’s”

    This sickening mentality where women aren’t considered human enough to refuse a man’s proposal or his advances,where men take it as a grave insult to their ” GHAIRAT” that a woman has refused them is at the root cause of a lot that ails our society.

    It’s not just the illeterate men but the Alevels educated,elite crowd has this same mentality of the cave men of thousands of years ago.Recommend

  • Dr Naheed Qureshi
    Jul 23, 2010 - 11:15AM

    Acid throwing trend is increasing in the country. Females are becoming its victim. The Acid is being sold in every shop. The administration is not monitoring the sellers.WHOM TO BLAME ..! Another good article by Ms Wasif and theanks to Tribune for publishing and highlighting such issues!Recommend

  • Nighat Dad
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:52PM

    Yesterday in the same Consultation meeting Dr Mughees Amin and Valarie Khan stated that women are not the only victims in Pakistan but 36% male members of the society were also reported to be the victims to Acid throwing cases in 2009. I am hopeful that ombudspersons would be the women in harrasment and acid Crimes as announced by Yasmeen Rehman adviser to Prime Minister on women development.Recommend

  • Jul 23, 2010 - 1:53PM

    agreed with Dr naheedRecommend

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