Tracking Laws: Acid Control and Crime Prevention Bill

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January 5, 2010 – Pakistan’s Acid Attack Victims Pin Hope On New Laws

A growing amount of victims hope that the government passes a new legislation to control the sale of acid and increase punishment for acid attacks. The industrial-strength acid used in cotton processing can be bought by anyone for just a few dollars and must be controlled

January 16, 2010 – Acid Attacks A Serious Concern In Pakistan

On 26 January 2010, a bill regarding acid violence—which would specifically target acid related crimes by providing graver punishments for the attackers and by regulating the sale and purchase of acid—will be submitted to the National Assembly of Pakistan.

June 8, 2010 – Acid Attack Victim Inspires Pakistani Legislation

Recently drafted Pakistani legislation, The Acid Control & Acid Crime Prevention Act, has the potential to become the nation’s first law against domestic violence. Spearheaded by Nailia Farhat, an acid attack victim.

September 13, 2010 – Pakistan National Assembly Prepares To Pass Acid Control & Burn Crime Prevention Bill – Enforcement Important

Last week, the government of Pakistan announced it would push the National Assembly to pass the long-awaited Acid Control and Burn Crime Prevention Bill this month. The bill, first introduced in January 2010, emerged from collaboration among the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), National Commission on Status of Women, United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the Pakistan Ministry of Women Development. While passage is nearly certain, it remains to be seen whether the government will make a sincere attempt to implement this legislation – and, moreover, how effective its effort at enforcement may be.

May 11, 2011 – Acid Control And Crime Prevention Bill passed

The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed ‘The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010’ which recommends 14-year to lifetime imprisonment sentence and fines up to Rs 1 million for those who commit the crime.

December 13, 2011 – Pakistan Women Rights Laws Ban Horrific Acid Burnings

Two bills containing the new laws, which received final approval from the Senate, stiffened the punishment for acid attacks and criminalized practices such as marrying off young girls to settle tribal disputes and preventing women from inheriting property.

February 27th 2012 – Saving Face’ Despite Sensitive Topic Embraced In Pakistan

The film “Saving Face,” which took home the Oscar for best documentary short subject, highlighted revenge acid attacks against women in Pakistan. Shedding light on a prominent issue in pakistan. But it was widely lauded in a society that often bristles at criticism from outsiders.

March 6, 2012 – First Case Of Acid Throwing Under New Law Lodged

Faisalabad police have registered the first case of acid throwing on women under the new law in the country, despite occurring over a week ago the case was only registered today

April 3, 2012 – Effective Legislation Demanded To Prevent Acid Attacks

Islamabad—Lauding the role of the Oscar Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and efforts of associates to highlight the plight of acid attack victims, Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) has called on the Pakistani legislators to strengthen the Acid and Burn Crimes Act 2012 so as to eliminate such crimes.

May 29, 2012 – Pakistan Offers Little Justice For Victims Of Acid Attacks

In the legislation passed in December, a loophole that once allowed acid attack defendants to avoid jail by reaching out-of-court settlements with victims was closed. However, one little girl whose face was seared away wishes to die or turn back time. Her attackers are fined a few thousand dollars and left to walk free.

May 31, 2012 – Pakistan Acid Attacks Continue Despite New Laws

A common form of violence against women in Pakistan and other countries, acid attacks haven’t been quelled since new laws have come into effect. The law is rarely enforced in rural areas, and acid attacks continue, even on the heels of the Oscar-winning documentary, “Saving Face,” which featured a number of Pakistani acid attack victims.

October 9, 2012 – Parliament Drags Feet Over Acid Crime Bill

The delay in getting a comprehensive bill against acid and burn crimes on the agenda of Parliament is of great concern to citizen groups who have been working hard for the last several years to present options to politicians.

December 1, 2012 – Call To Speed Up Passage Of Acid & Burn Crime Bill

Although the comprehensive Acid and Burn Crime Bill is currently being processed, no provincial assembly had tabled this comprehensive acid and burn legislation yet. the Acid Survivors Foundation has called on Pakistani policy-makers to do more to speed up the passage of the Comprehensive Acid And Burn Crime Bill in the provincial assemblies.

April 3, 2013 – Tough Law Sees Acid Conviction Rate Triple In Pakistan

Few have much faith in the Pakistani courts, but campaigners say the conviction rate for acid attacks has tripled since tough new penalties were signed into law in late 2011.

April 5, 2013 – Pakistani Women Have New Tools To Fight Disfiguring Acid Attacks

Pakistani women are often attacked by acid, which leaves burns at best and can kill at worst. But laws have been changed recently, to help women get justice when attacked. But even with those changes, there’s still a long and costly road to justice for victims.

 April 10, 2013 – Anti-Acid Violence Legislation In Pakistan Not Mitigating Growing Occurrence Of Acid Attacks On Women

Although recent legislation aims to reduce acid violence in Pakistan, acid attacks are on the rise with 150-200 cases a year, many of which go unreported

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