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Report presented in NA to amend Acid Crime Prevention Bill

Asim Yasin

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Women Development Tuesday presented its report in the National Assembly to amend various Acts and Codes in relation to protection against acid crimes, and rehabilitation of compensation for victims of acid crimes.

Chairperson of the Committee Bushra Gohar presented the report on the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill, 2010) that suggests the punishment of imprisonment for life or imprisonment of either description which shall not less than 14 years and minimum fine of Rs1 million to acid throwers on women.

In statement of objects and reasons of the bill it was stated that the crime of throwing acid on women is becoming more common and recurring day by day mainly due to absence of proper legislation on the subject.

It is recommended in the bill that whoever hurt by corrosive substance shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment of either description which shall not be less than fourteen years and a minimum fine of one million rupees.

Speaking on the occasion, mover of the bill Marvi Memon congratulated the House for legislation on the bill. She asked the members of the National Assembly to create awareness about the law in their respective constituencies.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on the occasion expressed the optimism that the bill after its passage would prove beneficial in eliminating inhuman treatment meted out to women.

She also urged the parliamentarians to play their due role in creating awareness among the people regarding the law. Minister for Environment Samina Khalid Gurki and MNAs Farah Naz Isphani, Anosha Rehman, Kishwar Zehra, Shahnaz Wazir Ali also congratulated the House for legislation on the bill.

Source: The News

Date:4/27/2011

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