Posts Tagged ‘justice’

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.

Celebrating Universal Children Day in collaboration with GEP, US AID, Aurat Foundation, ZCECH Republic, SAHIL, GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN

January 16th, 2014

Mrs Shazia, ASF Pakistan NCRU coordinator, presenting Meri Ifazat to a school in Islamabad.

Working on inclusiveness, children meeting others to learn how to be safe, in a child friendly manner.

Together, we can: power to children!

New Documentary, New Adventure…Come And Check!

November 18th, 2013

Please click on this link, you will be amazed…


http://vimeo.com/75087640

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.

After Quetta, ASF team is working on better implementation of acid and burn legislation in Karachi, in collaboration with AUS AID.

October 9th, 2013

Training lawyers

Training medico-legal staff in collaboration with Friends of Burn, and Dr Dabir Ur Rehman

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

What does it look like in real, to work for more effective law implementation?

October 7th, 2013

An example of an ASF-Pakistan field work report rights after the meeting is over…

“Respected Sir,
Today we meet with Additional I.G Quetta Mr Mir Zubair at CCPO office and discussed our objective regarding ASF mission.
Respective Additional  I.G Police took keen interest and ensured us that he is going to disseminate this law in all the Police Station under this control. For disseminating   this information, he nominated & ordered Mr. Sajjad Tareen S.P Crime Branch.
Picture of the meeting are also attached.

Shazia Jamal,

Project Coordinator,

Acid Survivors Foundation”

ASF legal consultant Ms Munaza Hashmi, ASF project coordinator, Ms Shazia Jamal.

ASF and AUS AID joining hands for more effective law implementation

October 7th, 2013

Training lawyers in Quetta on criminal law amendment act XXV, 2011

medico-legal staff joining the 2nd training

Burning Voice

September 23rd, 2013

Interview for Dr Hamid Hassan and La Croix representative

Acid Survivors Foundation always continues with its project Burning Voice as part of its Communication for Change Campaign: our doctors, patrons and partners regularly interact with partners.

It is important as we need 1) better implementation of  criminal law amendment act 2011 and the passage of Acid and Burn Crime bill, stay tuned!