Incidents of acid attacks in Pakistan have declined by 50% compared to last five years

Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) made this refreshing revelation.

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  • Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) says that acid attacks in Pakistan have declined by 50%.

  • The organization compared statistics for the past five years. 

  • ASF further added that with the decline in cases every year, the conviction rate has also significantly increased. 

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According to the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), Pakistan has seen a sharp decline in the incidents of acid attacks. The organization said that the cases have declined by 50% over the past five years. The drop in cases is a positive indicator for Violence against Women and girls (VAWG) particularly in developing countries.

As per ASF’s data, the decline in the acid attacks cases shows an improvement on the women rights scale in the country. It further revealed that during the year 2016 and 2017 there were 71 cases of acid attacks. The number declined to 62 cases in 2018-2019, and the cases are constantly.

Conviction rate has increased from 17.3%:

The organization also saw an increase in the reporting of the cases, leading to increased conviction rate. The conviction rate has drastically increased from 17.3 percent of total registered cases from 2014 to 2019.

38 of acid throwing cases were reported from South Punjab. 11 cases were reported from Central Punjab, 1 from the Federal Capital Islamabad, one was from Sindh, eight were related to Balochistan and three cases were reported from the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

54 FIRs were lodged between the year 2018 and 2019, whereas 13 cases were prosecuted. ASFP has tirelessly worked for the promulgation and implementation of the Acid and Burn Crimes Criminal Amendment 2011.

The recent Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2017, moved by Marvi Memon, assured free medical treatment and rehabilitation for acid burn victims. The remedies were suggested keeping in perspective the lifelong physical and psychological suffering of the acid burn victims.

 


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