Posts Tagged ‘law’

Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls in Pakistan by Promoting Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment, a project from ASF in partnership with Group Development Pakistan with EU support

October 3rd, 2015

2nd consultation on Comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2015 in KP organised by PCSW, chaired by Mrs Neelam Toru, in partnership with EU and in collaboration with ASF-Pakistan and GD Pakistan. 2 members of the HRCYT were there, Noor-Eva and Imane. Stay tuned!

PCSW discussing with activists and lawyers and media representatives about the comprehensive law to counter acid violence

Engaging youth…

March 1st, 2014

Ways to prevent acid crime discussed

Published: March 1, 2014

Participants discuss govt’s role, laws.PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Students from over 20 schools and universities of Lahore on Friday discussed the state of acid crime in Pakistan and what the government had been able to do to curb it.

The event was organised by Beaconhouse Law Society at its Defence campus.

The topic for discussion was:  Acid violence- the failings of the Pakistani legal system in tackling the problem. What are the possible legal solutions and their effectiveness with regard to counteraction, regulation and rehabilitation ?

Thinking out loud

The purpose of the exercise was to inculcate reasoning and critical thinking among students and creating awareness about the legal system.

Fatima Kausar, an A-levels student, said acid was a “pernicious weapon” and its sale should be strictly regulated. She stressed the need for buyers to be registered with the government and required to disclose the purpose of every purchase. She said there was also a need for safety procedures to prevent theft.

“There is evidence that acid attacks occur more frequently in areas where acid is widely used for commercial purposes. Businesses that use acid can help prevent its abuse.”

Mahnoor Ahmed, a student of National Grammar School, said a zero tolerance policy should be adopted in such cases. Those found aiding such crime must be considered equally guilty, she said.

Learning through discussion

The speeches were followed by an interaction between a panel of experts on the topic.

Valarie Khan, a French human rights activist and Acid Survivors Foundation chairperson, said acid crime was a global phenomenon.

She said acid violence was the worst form of gender-based violence in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Ayesha Tasleem, legal head at Depilex Smile Again Foundation, said an important aspect of the issue was gender equity that had been neglected in education imparted to men and women. Education with a mindset change is imperative to curb this crime, she added.

Lawyer Saad Rasul said there was a large gap between the current legal framework and an ideal system. He said while there were laws to register acid violence as an offence, safeguards and measures to prevent and prosecute after were absent.

Gulraiz Zulfikar, a fellow at the American Joint Cancer Committee, said several acid burns were treatable at acid burn centres functioning under non government organisations, government and the army. “Survivors do not seek sympathy, but they need restoration of self-esteem,” he said.

The panellists said that a strong retributive punishment was not the solution to the problem. They advocated life sentences for convicts.

Law Society president Ayza Ishaq, who moderated the discussion session, said that law students needed to be part of something “bigger than themselves”.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2014.

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.

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

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!

In collaboration with Aus Aid, ASF training stakeholders on criminal law amendment act 2011.

September 23rd, 2013

Training lawyers in Lahore

Training lawyers in Peshawar

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…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByigOo2Him