People from different walks of life on Saturday appreciated the passing of ‘The Acid and Burn Crime Bill, 2017’ by the parliament, they expressed the hope that it would provide urgent relief to the victims, rehabilitate them and speed up the accountability process.
According to them, the bill provides the solution to end acid violence, and trial of offenders on strict notice in short period of time.
Saima Durrani, a women rights activist said that the bill aimed at making provisions to specifically criminalise acid and burn related violence by providing fair and speedy trial of such heinous offences and for matters connected there with.
She said the bill offered free medical treatment and rehabilitation for acid burn victims besides outlining a process for conducting trials of accused in the shortest possible time.
A social activist, Nasreen Malik said that the bill would help supporting the victims and bring the culprits to justice at the earliest.
She added with the introduction of this bill, the acid related crime incidents would come down.
It is pertinent to mention that the National Assembly passed the Acid and Burn Crime Bill, 2017 on Tuesday, which was moved by Marvi Memon to help the victims and provide them justice.
On the occasion, she thanked the government and the opposition benches for supporting the important bill.
She said the bill offered free medical treatment and rehabilitation for acid burn victims and also outlines a process for conducting trials of accused in the shortest possible time.
The bill specifically criminalises acid and burn related violence by providing fair and speedy trial of such heinous offences.
The House also adopted all the amendments moved by Naveed Qamar.
As per amendments, whoever commits or attempts to commit an offence of acid or burn attack and act resulted in death of any person shall be awarded life imprisonment. An amendment says that whoever intentionally causing hurt by acid and burn attack shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for not more than seven years.
The Acid and Burn Crime Bill of 2014 was moved by Marvi Memon for strengthening the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2011.
The bill provided for setting up an implementation monitoring board. It would be followed by a complementary law for controlling the acid sale.
The Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2011 was the successor of the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill of 2010, which made acid and burn violence a crime against the state, making it a non-compoundable and non-bailable offence, for the first time in the history of the country.
After the enactment of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2011, the conviction rate tripled in 2012, touching 18 per cent but victims of acid violence still faced tremendous difficulties in getting a complaint registered under the right section of the PPC.
The prosecution rate was 35 per cent, which meant that justice was not provided in 65 per cent of the cases because of weak prosecution.
According to the Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF), the total number of reported acid attack cases was 69 in 2015 against 153 in 2014 and 109 in 2013.