Pakistan: Improvements in Response to Acid Attacks
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 9:25 AM

Pakistan continues to improve the government response to acid attacks. The Criminal Law Amendment Act in 2011 increased penalties for acid attacks to 14 years to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1m (US $9,400).  Convictions in acid attack cases are reported to have sharply increased from 6% in 2011 to 48% in 2012.  Pakistan has also made improvements in limiting the availability of acid. In previous years, businesses were able to import more than the legal quantity of acid, but inspectors are now seeking to impose a complete ban on acid sales, except for legally permitted business uses. 
Advocacy groups are still working for harsher penalties for the perpetrators of acid attacks. The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) is lobbying for other bills that would ban the sale of pure acids and create harsher punishment for acid attackers. 
Compiled from: Yusufzai, Ashfaq, Pakistan moves to counter acid attacks, Central Asia Online (1 November 2013).