Acid attack an offense worse than murder, says CJP Khosa

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In a historic decision, Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday dismissed the plea of acid assault convict who was “forgiven” by his victim, keeping up that deplorable act was a greater crime than homicide.

He declared the decision while heading a three-member seat of the apex court that was hearing convict Javed Iqbal’s application against the sentence he was passed on for throwing acid on a lady.

Iqbal’s guidance informed the court that the lady who was assaulted by his client had excused him.

Accordingly, Justice Khosa commented that the lady could have been constrained into “pardoning” the culprit.

“No matter if the victim has pardoned the convict, there can be no compromise in such cases and the law cannot forgive an acid attacker,” he observed. “Acid attackers don’t deserve any mercy.”

The judge additionally noticed that assaulting someone with corrosive was a “crime against the state”.

“The law managing such cases is exacting and consuming somebody with acid is a demonstration of extraordinary savagery.”

Iqbal, who is an occupant of Chiniot, Punjab, was condemned to life detainment for tossing corrosive on his neighbor.

Acid violence is one of the most noticeably awful types of sex-based brutality in Pakistan. This shocking demonstration is generally induced by family debates, refusal of a proposition to be engaged and family ‘honor’ issues. Culprits as a rule plan to deform instead of executing their exploited people, bringing about deeply rooted bodily disfigurements just as serious emotional and mental torture.

Many cases go unaddressed because of the cultural stigma of reporting crimes—women, especially, fear possible bias in courts, unsupportive family dynamics, astronomical legal fees, and potential repercussions from their attackers.

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