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Naila, Living Example of Young Women Empowerment .ASF, GD Pakistan And EU All On Board To Counter Acid Violence!March 2nd, 2015
Acid Survivors Foundation wants to pay tribute to a group of brave and determined survivors who have decided to fight against this horrendous form of violence, major breach of human rights. All of them are rebuilding their life, are owning it.
We are proud of them and wanted to thank them for the admiring support that they are capable of providing to other survivors : a great lesson for all of us.
You will get to know more about them later on in our gallery…
See you there…!
An article from The Nation on the net.
Acid attack victims pin hope on new laws
Published: January 05, 2010
The uneducated woman from cotton belt in rural Punjab province may want brutal justice, but activists are pressing for a change in the law to help prevent such attacks.
Thanks to a struggle in the highest court in the land by another acid attack victim – Naila Farhat – campaigners are hopeful that this devastating form of violence can be curtailed.
Ours is a conservative country, where women – especially in poor, rural areas – can be treated like commodities with little protection from the police and under pressure not to disgrace their families.
“Their families will say ‘it’s the wrong thing to go to the courts, what will society think about you?’,” said Sana Masood, the legal coordinator with Pakistan’s Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF).
The nation remains without a domestic violence law. It has been drafted, but lawmakers say it is still under debate as a senator from a hardline party raised objections and sent the bill back to parliament.
Acid attacks are rising, with ASF recording 48 cases in 2009 and Sana says countless more probably go unreported because of social stigma.
That is up from about 30 cases in 2007, a rise Sana says could be blamed on increased stress in people’s lives as inflation soars.
Farhat was just 13 years old when a man threw acid in her face in 2003 because her parents refused to let him marry their child.
The attacker was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay Rs1.2 million in damages, but on appeal a high court reduced the damages and said the man could go free once the money was paid.
Enraged, Farhat and ASF went to the Supreme Court – the first acid attack case to be taken to the highest court – where judges overturned the high court ruling within minutes.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry took a personal interest in the case, and recommended that the government pass new legislation to control the sale of acid and increase punishment for acid attacks.
Sana says industrial-strength acid used in cotton processing can be bought by anyone for just a few rupees.
“Because of its easy accessibility to the general public, for very stupid domestic issues they will just throw acid on each other,” she said. “It does not only destroy a person’s face but it destroys a person’s life.”
Also key would be the introduction of a law requiring the attacker to pay for their victim’s painful and expensive treatment and counselling.
ASF has been pushing for such laws for years, but now hopes a bill will be tabled in parliament this month.
“They should, with relevant amendments, pass it unanimously and we don’t expect the government to unnecessarily delay the process or create any blocks,” said parliamentarian Marvi Memon, acknowledging the process could take months.
Without Farhat, these steps may never have been made, and she remains dedicated to helping other victims, coaching Bibi through her treatments and helping her come to terms with her future.
“I encourage other acid attack victims and tell them that they should continue fighting for their rights and should not hesitate to come out of their homes, they should come forward,” Farhat told AFP.
An article in The News to celebrate Naila’s courage:
|Acid attack victim seeks justice from SC|
|Thursday, November 12, 2009
An acid attack in 2003 that completely disfigured 19-year-old Naila Farhat’s face has failed to take away her spirit to live as she bids to seek justice with the first hearing in the Supreme Court due to take place on November 13.
According to her, her teacher’s friend Irshad Hussain attacked her with acid on way back from school in 2003 when she was only 13. The family was punished for refusing the proposal from Irshad, a tailor by profession. Naila’s teacher and Irshad’s friend Muzhar Hussain grabbed her while Irshad sprayed acid on her to make her life permanently miserable. They might not have thought that the little girl would live and appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision of the High Court that recommended releasing the culprit if he pays the compensation money. “My family and I are determined to knock every possible door until we get justice,” said the lively Naila, who is from Layyah.
Naila will be the first acid attack survivor to take her case to the Supreme Court level. In majority of such cases, culprits manage to get away without being punished, as acid attacks are frequent in rural areas where legal system usually favours the mighty and the powerful.
Naila was a bright student and used to top in every class. She now cannot see with her left eye and the attack has also severely affected her other eye. “My mother wanted me to become a doctor,” she said adding that the support of her mother and father kept her going through out the chaotic six years. “I am lucky in the sense that my relatives and family friends gave all out support to me and encouraged me to approach the court despite pressure from the other party to withdraw my case,” said Naila while sitting behind a sewing machine.
Despite passing through immense physical and psychological sufferings, she has not stopped studying. She is a student of Allama Iqbal Open University and is also learning stitching and ‘paranda’ making from another acid burn survivor.
Legal Coordinator for Acid Survivors Foundation Sana Masood told ‘The News’ that Irshad was given 12-year imprisonment and 1.2 million fine by the sessions court. “But when the culprit appealed in the High Court, the court ordered his release if he agreed to pay the fine,” she added.
Highlighting issues related to Naila’s case, Sana said that presently there was no such law that could provide right justice to an acid attack survivor. “There is a provision of life imprisonment for perpetrators of such crimes in Domestic Violence Bill, but that has not been passed yet,” she pointed out.
Citing an example of Bangladesh, she said that Acid Crime Prevention Act was passed in Bangladesh in 2002 that stipulates the death sentence as a maximum penalty for an assault. “And to control the easy availability of commercially used acid, including Sulphuric acid, the Acid Control Act has been enacted in Bangladesh, which mandates licenses for sale and purchase of acids, with offenders facing a maximum of 15-year punishment as well as fines.” However no such Act has been passed in Pakistan.
“The issue of acid violence is addressed under the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2009, but it does not give death penalty to the perpetrator therefore what Naila can ask for is maximum penalty under the existing law as the court deems fit,” said Sana. Whatever be the punishment, no one can bring back the happy days of Naila’s life when she was just a bubbly student of class eight. All we can do is wish her good luck for her first hearing in the Supreme Court.