Posts Tagged ‘child rights’

16 Days Of Activism To Eradicate Violence Against Women And Girls

January 16th, 2014

Consultation with NCSW Pakistan, NCSW Nepal and NSCW Pakistan. ASF participating as an EVAWG alliance member.

Press conference to present recommendations from all EVAWG alliance chapters to the governement of Pakistan.

Baroness Northover visiting ASF-Pakistan Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit.

March 18th, 2013

With ASF team

Looking at photos and checking"before" and "after"

3rd Media Training on Effective Reporting On Acid Violence, Lahore 29th September 2012

October 3rd, 2012
In collaboration with UK Aid, UN Women.

Media exploring further the phenomenon of acid violence and its reality in Pakistan

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.

Count Down For Step 1 Of Legislation On Acid And Burn Violence Has Started!

November 3rd, 2011

Myra Imran
Thursday, November 03, 2011


Moving forward the legislative process of Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2010, Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar has submitted the notice for the said amendment in the Senate.

After review by the Law Committee, the bill reached Senate on October 15. The civil society feared that if not taken up in the Senate in time, the Bill will meet the same fate as was met by the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill (DVB). The DVB was passed unanimously by the National Assembly in August 2009, but lapsed after the Senate failed to pass it within the three months stipulated by the constitution.

The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention (Amendment) Bill, introduced last year by MNAs Marvi Memon, Begum Shahnaz Sheikh and Advocate Anushay Rehman, was passed by the National Assembly on May 10 this year. Following that, the Bill was moved to the Law Committee.

The amendment bill was introduced in the assembly in a bid to prevent growing incidents of violence against women. The statement of objectives and reasons of the bill, mentions that the crime of throwing acid on women is becoming more and more common and recurring day by day. It says that the main cause of it is the absence of proper legislation on this subject.

“Therefore the criminal minded people are constantly using it as a dangerous and devastating arm against women. In view of these circumstances, there is an increasing need to make comprehensive legislation in this regard,” the draft states.

The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention (Amendment) Bill is an amendment in Pakistan Penal Code 1860. It increases the punishment of offenders up to life imprisonment and makes it mandatory for the offender to pay a fine of Rs1 million to the victim.

The amendment in Section 336-B states, “Whoever causes hurt by corrosive substance shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment of either description which shall not be less than fourteen years and a minimum fine of one million rupees.” The new insertion in Section 336-A states, “Whosoever with intention or knowingly causes or attempts to cause hurt by means of a corrosive substance or any substance which is deleterious to human body when it is swallowed, inhaled, come in contact or received into human body or otherwise shall be said to cause hurt by corrosive substance.”

Talking to ‘The News’, Senator Nilofar Bakhtair stressed that a system is required to stop such heinous crimes in the country. “As a first step, the proposed bill will bring required change in the definitions of PPC. The next step will be to introduce a comprehensive legislation as instructed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.” The senator said that certain mindset could oppose the bill in the Senate but she was hopeful that the Bill will be passed as it benefits both men and women. “More than 50 per cent of the victims of acid crime are men and children,” she said.

Workshop On Acid Violence As A worst Form of Gender Based Violence And Child Violence.

June 16th, 2011

Zaigham Khan, ASF Media and Communication Specialist and participants

Short intervention of DR Khadija, ASF psycho therapist and Valerie Khan Yusufzai, ASF Chairperson

naila and Nusrat, ACid survivors and change makers talking to journailsts abot the phenomenon and the need fora ccomprhensive legislation.

Media representatives gathering information before starting their support journey for eradication of acid violence

ASF Child Protection Program: First Empower The Child So That He Can Understand What Is Acceptable And What Is Not…

May 9th, 2011

Girls and boys: 25% of the victims of acid attacks according to ASF data.

In order to stop one of the worst forms of child abuse, ASF has decided to avail Groupe Developpement -Acting for Life’s support and sensitise children about their rights and what they can do if adults are threatening them…A path towards stopping child victimisation.

Acid And Burn Crime Legislation: A First Victory?

April 26th, 2011

Dear readers,

As you may be aware, Marvi Memons’ amendments  that have been reviewed by a  legal committee (including ASF legal team) in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women, the Ministry of Women Development, the Women Parliamentarian Caucus,will be presnted for voting today in the national ssembly of Pakistan.

If passed, this amendment of HURT,  will be a major step towards eradication of acid violence in Pakistan as it will ensure that when acid and burn cases attacks are being tried under Hurt, strong Punishment is being given.  HOWEVER, LET US NOT FORGET THAT THIS AMENDMENT STILL CALLS FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LAW ; ACID AND BURN CRIME ACT 2011 and a law to regulate and monitor acid sales and distribution.

Stay posted!

ASF team

Acid Survivors Foundation Now Asking Provincial Assemblies To Support Acid And Burn Crime Act 2011.

April 11th, 2011

Participants in the seminar held on 30th March 2011in Karachi: civil society, media, lecetd representatives, lawyers.

ASF Executive Director , Mohammad Khan, welcoming the crowd and requesting Sidh porvincila assembly to lead the way in passing the Acid and Burn Crime Act 2011.

Advocate Hasan Akbar terming acid crime a crime against humanity.

Sindh Minister for Women Development , Mrs Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto, ensuring ASF of her support to promote women and girls rights and support gender justice.