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Acid attack culprit will not go unpunished: Sherry

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman said that the culprit involved in the acid attack on Maria Shah, a young woman from Shikarpur, will not be allowed to go unpunished.

Rehman visited the Civil Hospital Karachi’s Burns Centre to inquire about Maria’s health, who is currently in the Intensive Care Unit. Rehman said that all possible treatments will be made available for Maria, who according to the Senior Medico-Legal Officer Dr Aftab Channa, has suffered 38 percent acid burns and is in serious condition.

Rehman said that the search for the culprit is underway, while his brother and father are already in custody. She said that the photo of the culprit will also be published in the press for identification. Terming Shah’s case a tragic and criminal act, Rehman said, “Every possible effort would be made to award exemplary punishment to the culprit.” She added that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has also discussed the issue with her.

Talking to the media, Rehman said that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated, while stressing that the government and civil society members should work together. “Legislation is one thing and we are taking all possible actions but the state must put its force behind finding such criminals and bring them to justice. We are also ensuring that women who suffer such accidents are given the best treatment as well as given hope so that they are able to rebuild their lives,” Rehman said. Referring to her policy statement in the National Assembly, Rehman said, “Along with our ally in NWFP, Awami National Party, we will get the girls schools reopened. No `non-state actor’ will be allowed to burn female educational institutions. Neither our religion allows such attacks nor would these elements be allowed to challenge the writ of the government.”
Source: Daily Times
Date:1/19/2009

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