Posts Tagged ‘acid attack’

Child Burn Prevention: Raising Awareness At An Early Age To Empower Children And Increase Safety.

October 24th, 2013

Here is Haag Sahib (Mr Burns), the bad and dangerous character

Rescue Bibi is the little water droplet that is quite helpful and that will help our heroes....

Our little heroes: fighting burns!!!!

An example of the book content

Acid Attacks Convictions Triple From 2011 Till 2012: From 6% till 18% Conviction Rate.

March 18th, 2013

Our conclusion? good but insufficient, can do much better!!!

Please check on this link  (copy paste) and watch the video, join us to continue our efforts…

Training Media On Effective Reporting Of Acid Violence: A Momentum Was Born Again!

July 25th, 2012

Acid attack survivors sharing their stories

Survivors acting as agents of change and interacting with the press

News On Implementation: Questions, Debate, Media Reports Are Enhancing The Legal Awareness Process.

January 23rd, 2012

Acid Control Bill: Alleged acid attacker narrowly escapes new law

Published: December 18, 2011

An FIR will be registered against the accused but under the existing law, says SSP.

HYDERABAD: While presidential approval looms over the landmark Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010, the man who threw acid on a woman in Mirpurkhas on Saturday, it turns out, will not be charged under the new law.

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 2012

January 13th, 2012

ASF team with Friends of Burns and medical staff in Civil Hospital in Karachii

ASF team with policemen in Quetta.

Gender Justice Protection Project: Advocacy And Lobbying Program Continues!

December 1st, 2011

ASF team presenting the proposed acid and burn legislation to lawyers along with proposed SOPs, collecting feedback.

Child Protection Program:A New Chapter With A Pilot DIC Project In Jatoi…

November 28th, 2011

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.

Successful Rehabilitation? Yes! When Children Turn Into Agents Of Change And Raise Their Voice To Claim Their Rights, We Believe It Is Possible…

November 24th, 2011
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Highlighting plights of women, children

Published: November 23, 2011

Acid burn victims retell their stories on Tuesday. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID.

ISLAMABAD: The scorching pain when the acid comes into contact with the skin and the burning sensation she will remember for the rest of her life; every time she looks at herself in the mirror there will be a scar to remind her, a scar that will never go away.

The play “Mardangi ya haywangi” (manliness or barbarity) , was presented at the Europeans Union National Child Rights Art Festival at the National Library.

The acid victims breathed life into the performances as they related to the audience the humiliation and agony they had to suffer at the hands of society and, in some cases, their own family.

In the play, each victim enacted their own true life story. All cast members wore masks during the course of the play; this made for a more powerful impact in the end, when all the masks were taken off.

The play started with a girl’s story of how she became a victim of the heinous crime at the hands of a feudal lord, after she refused to reciprocate his advances.

Another girl blamed her family to be the cause behind her suffering because she had raised an objection to marriage, while a transgender told her tale of how she was taken away from her family by the transgender community and became a dancer.

However she too could not escape from the unfortunate turn of events and became a victim after she refused to have sexual relations with a man, who in a fit of rage threw acid on her face; she was scarred and blinded forever.

The common elements in these stories were not lost on anyone. It is ironic how they all became victims for refusing to do something they felt wasn’t right.

Raising important voices

In the second play, children performed “Humari Awaz” (Our Voice).

The play emphasised heinous injustices towards children by focusing on three characters.

The first character is poor and is verbally and physically abused by his teacher for not paying the tuition fees. When he asks his father for the money, he is forced into domestic employment instead. There, the boy is subjected to further beatings at the hands of his employer.

The second character is the son of middle class parents where the father transfers all responsibility of upbringing to the mother. He is seen making excuses to skip school — his dreams lie in professional dance, an ambition ridiculed by his father.

The contrasting situations of the first and second characters over their willingness to learn begs the question of whether creativity is a privilege of the financially secure only.

The third character’s affluent background throws another perspective into the mix: an absent father building an “empire” and a social butterfly mother abandoning her son on his birthday. He has everything except what he craves most: the love and attention of his parents.

Then a fairy godmother emerges to bring the three boys together. As they are discussing their respective plights, a policeman arrests them for no apparent reason. What follows is a time-honoured tale: the child of the affluent family is released first after a phone call from his father; the middle class family character is released after his father bribes the policeman; the underprivileged child is left at the police station.

However, the play ends on a hopeful note. A judge announces that no child will be ignored, beaten, forced and education will be a must from this moment forward.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 23rd, 2011.

Dusri Zindegi: A Second Life For Acid Survivors…

September 10th, 2011

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.

Kanacort injection in the neck to address contractures

Medical check up for Anjum after the injection

Kermesse de la Haye: When Survivors Start The Last Part Of Their Rehabilitation Cycle…

September 10th, 2011

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.

a bunch of sewing machines...

Ready for teh ceremony with the mayor

Happy to receive it and start!