LAHORE: Unidentified persons threw acid on a family in transit in a car in Jubilee Town of the city on Friday.
According to the police, a woman, her 12-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son were in transit when they were thrown acid at. Subsequently, the survivors were shifted to the hospital, while the attackers escaped the site.
The woman has accused her former husband of the attack, saying he got someone to do so over property dispute.
The affected woman has requested filing of FIR in Chohang police station while Punjab IG Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz has taken notice of the matter ordering the capital city police officer for a report on the case.
As per Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), the main cause of acid attacks taking place unabashedly is the absence of proper legislation on acid crimes. Moreover, there is no law to regulate the manufacturing and supply of acids and therefore anyone has easy access to them, states the website of PCSW.
The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act, 2011 (Criminal Law Second Amendment Act, 2011) made amendments in Pakistan Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code to punish perpetrators of acid crimes by clearly including acid crimes in the definition of hurt. The definition now includes “hurt by dangerous means or substance, including any corrosive substance or acid to be crimes”, the website reads.