SC directs LEAs to check rising incidents of acid attacks -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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SC directs LEAs to check rising incidents of acid attacks

* Sets aside relief given to acid attacker by high court

* Asks government to take steps to rehabilitate acid attack victims

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Thursday directed the law-enforcement agencies to check increased incidents of acid attacks on the women.

The chief justice observed, “It seemed the crime of throwing acid on the ladies was increasing day by day, therefore, the law enforcing agencies were required to check the same vigorously”.

The court directed the government to take necessary steps to control this menace as well as rehabilitation of the acid attack victims.

The court appreciated the efforts of the Acid Survival Foundation, hoping that it would continue its work to provide treatment to acid victims.

The court was hearing a suo motu notice taken on a news report that one Irshad Hussain completely disfigured Naila, a 19-year-old girl, by throwing acid on her when her family refused to accept his marriage proposal.

The report further disclosed that the culprit had been fined and sentenced by a sessions court, but was released by the high court. After going through the case report submitted by the Punjab advocate general, the court disposed of the matter and set aside the judgement of the high court in which relief was given to the accused.
Source: Daily Times
Date:10/15/2010