Chairperson HRCP calls for proper implementation of acid burn, domestic laws in country.

 
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ISLAMABAD -- Chairperson Human Rights Commission Pakistan Nasreen Azhar Saturday recommended that country needs stronger laws, more healthcare facilities, and more social support to eradicate acid violence from society and help survivors healing physically and psychologically.

In her exclusive interview with reporter, she said as cases of acid burning attacks dropped over the past three years but we still needed to open more acid burning units at all rural areas of the country for the facilitation of female burn victims.

The figure complied by HRCP the acid burnt women have dropped by 40 to 50% percent as compared to past incidents, she added.

Punjab is the center of acid-related violence with 80 to 85% of the attacks followed by Sindh, KP, Balochistan, Islamabad, and Kashmir, she highlighted.

Previous governments in Punjab kept promising to legislate on the matter, but no progress was made, she hoped that present government would implement the bill and would take it seriously.

She said HRCP is doing its sincere efforts and providing free of cost legal assistance to all victims and launching different mass awareness drives through its platforms to sensitize public on this issue.

Nasreen said the public conversation must turn to 'our ability to protect the vulnerable and the discriminated segment of society,' adding that 'the rights agenda has to be reset, and it must be reset for Parliament and by Parliament' through 'coalitions for rights-based legislation.'

She said it is crucial to bring greater...

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