Posts Tagged ‘equity’

Collaborating with AUS Aid to enhance law implementation: Mr Mazhar Akram training lawyers on criminal law Amendment act (ACT XXV) , then lawyers giving their feed back. This is how training keep on improving…

January 16th, 2014

Ms Shazia, ASF NCRU coordinator introducing the session to lawyers in ICT

Delivering the training

Regional Glance…

January 16th, 2014
India lags behind Bangladesh and Pakistan on acid attack laws
Dec 6, 2013 07:31 PM , By Anita joshua
Bangladesh was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. File Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Bangladesh was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. File Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

The Supreme Court directive earlier this week to all States and Union Territories to put in place draft rules to regulate the sale of acid by this fiscal-end has once again brought to light India’s sluggishness in addressing acid crime.

In fact, India has long lagged behind first Bangladesh and then Pakistan in specifically criminalising acid attacks. It was only earlier this year that the Centre — on Supreme Court’s prodding — amended the criminal law to punish perpetrators of acid attacks with 10-year imprisonment.

This contrasts sharply with neighbouring Bangladesh and somewhat even with Pakistan. Bangladesh has had an acid law for over a decade now and is often flagged as exemplary in this regard. In fact, it was one of the first countries to legislate on acid attacks with the enactment of the Acid Control Act in 2002. Under the Act, the unlicensed production, import, transport, storage, sale and use of acid was made punishable with a prison sentence of three to 10 years.

In the sub-continent, Pakistan came a distant second in putting in place the legal instruments to specifically deal with acid attacks. The penal code and the criminal procedure code were amended in 2011 to provide maximum of life imprisonment for perpetrators of acid attacks. But, as is the case in India, Pakistani provinces are yet to legislate to regulate the sale of acid and other corrosive substances.

Rule of law? Another example, and we want more court decisions like these…

October 24th, 2013

Acid attack: Man jailed for 42 years

Published: October 8, 2013

FAISALABAD: An anti-terrorism court judge on Tuesday awarded 42 years rigorous imprisonment to a man for attacking his wife with acid.

Muhammad Arshad of Chak 234-JB had thrown acid on his wife on September 6 after the two had quarrelled. She was severely injured.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2013.

Amazing Youth Initiative To Explore Resilience

October 9th, 2013

NUST students handing over a 20 thousand Pak rupees donation to ASF-Pakistan Executive Director

How can one survive the worst? how to develop coping skills when multiple challenges are standing right in front of you? These were a few questions that were explored by NUST youth group involved in various social projects who came to visit ASF-Pakistan and  few survivors of acid attack. for ASF-Pakistan it is always a moment of joy, of hope, of developmental achievement when young students decide to take the lead to generate positive change. Keep it up young Pakistani and show the way forward!

On going efforts:we will not stop until the law is properly implemented….

October 8th, 2013

Meeting with law enforcement agencies, the only way to generate positive energy for better governance

Engaging key stakeholders

After Quetta, Karachi: ASF-Pakistan team all ready for action with the support of AUS AID

ASF-Pakistan getting ready to celebrate National Women day via WAF led multi network initiative…

February 5th, 2013

Commemorating Pakistani civil society efforts to fight against VAWG, all together: WAF,EVAWG, IHI, PHRN…

Dialogue On Acid And Burn Legislation in Muzaffargarh

October 12th, 2012

Promoting the tabling of comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill 2012.

Men and Women united to promote human rights and fight acid violence.

Debate session

Inclusive approach : women and religious representatives are part of the discussion

NO debate can be significant without the survivors' voice and perspective

Men engaged to promote women's rights

Partnership!