UNRESOLVED CASES AND RISING CONCERNS REGARDING ACID ATTACK
July 13, 2021
Ms. Nighat Orakzai an opposition member in the KPK government tried to raise a petition on criminalizing acid and burn-related violence in the province on June 3, 2021, but the treasury members counter attacked her on the ground that a bill on the same subject had already been referred to the law department. The establishment of the law has been in consideration for a very long time. The delay to secure this law has been because of many reasons some being: acid and burn victims mostly belong to the poor social background; it is often difficult for the family members to prolong the case in a court of law due to financial constraints, biased authorities and often results in compromises between the parties.
There are numerous cases on this cause for instance on 11th Jan 2017 woman suffered through the cruelty of her husband’s in-laws and 8 other suspects 2 being women. She was allegedly doused with petrol she expired at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad.
FIR of that case was registered at Azakhel police station in Nowshera based on a statement recorded by the victim after she gained consciousness at Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar.
For over six years a draft bill, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Acid, and Burn Cases have been looked upon by several departments including KP Commissions of Women, civil society members, and government departments.
In 2015, the KP Commission on Status of Women had designated an expert group, which conducted meetings to finalize the draft of the proposed law. However, the issue is prolonged and no proper legislation has been implemented.
Cases of the victim, who expire of burn injuries, should be made a non-compoundable offense so that no compromise could take place in it.
Please contact the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance