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An FIR will be registered against the accused but under the existing law, says SSP.
Thirty-year-old Mumtaz Dal, mother of four, had acid thrown at her, outside her residence in Junejo quarters, by a man she identified as Sabir Punjabi. Dal alleged that Punjabi attacked her when she rejected his suggestion that the two engage in a physical relationship.
“He came armed with a gun,” Dal told her doctors, the police and media at the Civil Hospital in Mirpurkhas where she was shifted immediately after the incident. The hospital, however, does not have a burns unit.
An FIR will be registered against the accused, but under the existing law, Mirpurkhas SSP Muhammad Riaz Soomro said, adding, “We have not been notified about the new law yet.”
On December 12, the Senate approved the historic bill along with the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill, seven months after it was passed by the National Assembly in May. The bill in question penalises a convict with at least fourteen years of imprisonment and a minimum fine of Rs1 million.
The existing laws, however, impose a less severe punishment. A gender-crime of this nature will barely sentence one anywhere between seven and eight years of imprisonment under Section 337 of the Pakistan Penal Code, according to Hamad Ali Shah, a legal aid of the Women’s Crisis Centre.
“The jail term will be lesser if the victim’s face and vital body parts survive the attack,” he said while speaking to The Express Tribune. Shah said the lacunae in the applicable law also gives leverage to a medico legal officer to tamper with the medical report in order to make the offence less punishable.
The victim’s face was not damaged in the attack, SSP Soomro said, adding that the police were conducting raids to arrest the culprit. “Once the FIR is lodged, we will investigate the case on merit,” he said. Soomro said that the police were also looking into the alleged relationship between Punjabi and Dal.
The medico legal officer’s report is yet to be released.
(With additional reporting by Afaque Ahmed in Mirpurkhas)
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2011.
Towards Law Implementation For the amendment of HURT in the PPC and preparing STEP 2: Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2012January 13th, 2012
ASF is piloting a project under emergency fund to establish a community Drop in Center that sensitises children to self protection from CSA, CSEC and Acid Violence, and focuses on Child rights within the context of natural disasters; it also aims at establishing youth committees to enforce child protection. Find above a few pictures to present you this new adventure and express our gratitude to GD, Air France, Fondation de France to sponsor phase 1 and Smile Again Italy, 5 miles, to sponsor phase 2.
This project conducted under the empowerment program in collaboration with Smile Again Italy, ASTI, Cosmoprof and Vanity Fair guarantees that acid survivors are provided comprehensive rehablittaion services as per need. To this purpose, we would particularly like to thank Pr Hamid Hasan (Holy Family Hospital) , Dr Naheed Chaudry (Multan Hospital), Dr Tariq Iqbal (PIMS), Mr Darbir Ur Rehman (Civil Hospital Karachi) for their ongoing support and the services they are extending to acid attack victims.
The photos below will show you a quick view of the kind of services patients are being provided with.
34 sewing machines were given to 34 acid survivors to generate income while 4 others were kept in the NCRU (Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit) to train patients during their stay. All beneficairies ahd been trained in steeching clothes, garments.
Keep posted so that you are later informed about the difference it made in these yound girls and women’s life.