Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker of the National Assembly and Patron of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus along-with all members of the Caucus have expressed deep sorrow at the death of Fakhra Yunus and expressed concern that even 12 years after the heinous incident, the culprits had not been identified and brought to the book.
“The Women Parliamentary Caucus and women parliamentarians have worked for a provision for a strict law in the case of victims of acid burns and such a law has been passed in the National Assembly,” says Secretary Nafisa Shah. “However a lot more needs to be done for the victims themselves, who remain scarred for life,” she added.
The WPC also noted that it was time that the judiciary and the law enforcement agencies examined the criminal justice system as a whole, while the National and provincial governments must create a comprehensive medical and social system through which victims of acid burns are provided with treatment, rehabilitation and care. In addition, the provinces needed to make a dedicated law for the burn victims, covering all aspects, such as the crime, prevention and rehabilitation, recommended the WPC.
In order to ensure that Fakra’s story is not repeated, we must all wake up to the call and work to ensure that justice is done and seen to be done, asserted the women parliamentarians.
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