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Acid victims demand justice on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012

LAHORE: Dozens of women, whose beauty and hopes of charming life were ruined with ‘killer acid’, have sought strict punishment to the accused involved in gruesome act on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Talking to PPI, most of the victims expressed dismay over the legal and judicial system in handling the cases pertaining to violence against the women.

Miss Anum, a 16-year-old victim, a trainee beautician at a private beauty parlour, said almost one year had lapsed when a person ruined her charming face by throwing acid a year ago in Gujranwala, where she lived with her family.

Anum was brought to the beauty salon under its Smile Again project that helps the victims of acid from all over the country. The Depilex management not only ensured her treatment through funds given by the philanthropists and donors, but also appointed her as trainee beautician.

She lamented that she had been travelling to Gujranwala to appear before the concerned court on each hearing, but the trial was not proceeding. “I want the accused to have same pain as I went through to realize that how painful is to live like me,” she said and demanded stern punishment to the perpetrators of such crime. Like many acid victims, Ms. Anum has no hope of getting justice.

Sabra, another victim now working as coordinator for the Depilex, said the incidents of throwing acid on the women were increasing manifold due to lukewarm response from the state departments, including the administration and police, towards implementation of the new laws passed by the Senate in December last year.

“It has been long time since the Senate approved the law to enhance punishment and amount of fine to the accused involved in such cruel acts, but the incidents are still continuously taking place unabated only because the new laws are yet to be implemented letter and spirit,” argued Sabra, referring to fresh incidents of acid throwing in Faisalabad, Okara and Sahiwal.

Miss Musarrat Misbah, the head of the Depilex Smile Again, said coordinated efforts among the state departments concerned were needed in order to end such type of high degree of violence against the women.

She said more than 400 victims were rehabilitated by her group since 2001, adding that the number of those undergoing rehabilitation was double.

She opined that the political leaders must demonstrate a strong will to end this type of tendencies among the males by engaging them in awareness programs. “In addition to this, even the Ulema should also sensitize the people through their sermons on what the religion says about the women, because Islam most openly ensures protection of the rights of the women,” she argued.

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