PPP’s MPA submits bill against acid attacks
PESHAWAR: A draft of the proposed bill for legislation against acid attacks under the name of “Acid and Burn Crime Act, 2020” has been submitted to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by Pakistan Peoples Party Member Provincial Assembly Nighat Orakzai here on Thursday.
Under the proposed bill, punishment has been laid down for those who throw acid on a man or a woman, while provision of medical aid for the victims and establishment of special provincial commission and board have been recommended.
The bill proposes seven years imprisonment for those who throw acid, whereas the death of the victim will be considered a crime and the offender will be sentenced to life imprisonment, while those who assist the offender will also be sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
The crime of acid attack will be considered non-bailable and no police officer below the rank of inspector will undertake the investigation, whereas the police officers who failed in the investigation will be punished and witnesses will be provided protection. The police will complete the investigation of the incident within 30 days and the court will decide the case within 60 days.
The bill, introduced by Nighat Orakzai, a MPA of Pakistan Peoples Party, also provides medical aid and rehabilitation for acid attack victims. The government will set up a special fund for the rehabilitation of the victims, whereas a special commission will be set up at the government level which will include judges, lawyers, members of parliament and bureaucrats. A board will also be established to monitor the cases of acid attacks, with 35 percent women representing retired judges, members of the Women Parliamentary Caucus and the police.