In a positive development, The Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2020 has been submitted in the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The goal of this bill is to treat and rehabilitate acid and burn victims free of cost and punish the criminals with life imprisonment if the attack results in the death of the victim.
According to MPA Aisha Naeem, it will be brought forward after the budget session. The bill was first proposed back in 2017, and was unanimously passed by the National Assembly in 2018 but is yet to become a law. It has been submitted in the Punjab Assembly twice and is waiting for approval.
Legislation dealing with acid attacks was passed back in 2011 for the first time, with the name ‘Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill’. Under this, offenders would face a minimum of 14 years imprisonment and a penalty of one million rupees.
For the longest time, perpetrators have been able to escape punishment in total impunity, on the other hand, victims have to encounter multiple difficulties that prevent them from reporting such crimes.
Now, things are slowly taking a turn for the good. A 2017 report released by the Acid Survivors’ Foundation Pakistan (ASFP) showed that acid attacks were cut down by 50% due to the increase in awareness. Not just that, but conviction rates have improved too.
Even if this legislation becomes a law, implementation is going to be a real task for the lawmakers.
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