Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Bill in KP Assembly proposes 7-year jail for acid attack culprits

KP Assembly acid bill

A draft bill has been tabled in the KP Assembly which proposes seven-year imprisonment for culprits involved in acid attacks.

Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Nighat Orakzai submitted a draft bill “Acid and Burn Crime Act 2020” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for curbing the heinous crime of acid attacks with strict punishment. The said bill will be presented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

According to the proposed bill, penalties would be charged for acid throwers either on any male or female. The bill has also proposed medical treatment for victims of acid attacks, the establishment of a special provincial commission and board for this purpose.

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Furthermore, this crime will be considered equivalent to murder if the acid attack victim dies. This is why the culprit would be sentenced to life imprisonment, whereas whoever will try to practice such activity would be sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Talking about the condition for police in accordance with the proposed bill in KP Assembly, the bill says police will be bound to complete investigation into the acid attack incident within 30 days, and the court will decide the case within two months.

The bill also provides medical assistance and rehabilitation for acid attack victims and the government will set up a special fund for the rehabilitation of the victims and a special commission will be set up at the government level including judges, lawyers, members of parliament, and bureaucrats.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), 31 acid attacks were reported in the year 2017, 67 in 2018, and 34 in 2019. These are the only reported cases rather a big number of actual such cases have not been registered.

However, under Section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code, public dealing of acid and other corrosive substances is banned.

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