PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday banned the open sale of acid, DawnNews reported.
Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, heard the case pertaining to an acid attack.
Justice Khan remarked that acid was being used as a form of weapon, adding that women were being targeted with it.
He moreover said that leaders legislate day in and out for their own interests, but do not implement court orders.
Earlier in June, a young Pashto actress Bushra had suffered critical burn injuries after a local TV drama producer allegedly threw acid on her while she was asleep in her home, her family members had claimed.
Acid attacks are seen to be on the rise in northwest Pakistan
Bushra was only among the most recent victim of acid attacks – a crime that experts say is on the rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In year 2012, 150 acid attack cases were registered in Pakistan, 30 of which were reported from KP’s Mardan district alone.
According to the Islamabad-based NGO, Acid Survivors Foundation, the data shows an upward trend in this form of violence targeting women. Some 45 per cent of the acid attacks are the result of family feuds while 17 per cent are linked to refusals to marriage proposals.
Moreover, a report by the Aurat Foundation released in January 2013 said that although the total number of reported cases of violence against women had decreased by 12 per cent, a deeper analysis showed a significant 89 per cent increase in cases of acid-throwing, followed by a 62 per cent rise in domestic violence.