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Acid attack incidents on the rise in Multan despite new laws

Two people have thrown acid on three women, a mother and two daughters, in village Nauranga on the outskirts of Multan. Police said that they have arrested one suspect and the injured were shifted to Nishtar Hospital Multan.

As narrated by the victims and Police:

According to police, Altaf and Naveed had some enmity with Aziza Mai and the accused wanted to take revenge from the woman.

“On 16th April, 2013, Tuesday morning they went to her house and threw acid on her. The daughters tried to save their mother, the accused also threw acid on them. One accused Altaf has been arrested by the police and the other accused Naveed is on the run."

In another incident in Multan last week, two gunmen on a motorcycle threw acid on Bilquis, resident of Bazgir Khuzdar, and fled away. She received injures in this attack and was shifted to Civil Hospital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Dozens of people, mostly women, are disfigured every year by one of the most brutal forms of domestic violence in a country where women are often treated as second-class citizens. A law was passed in late 2011, which introduced a minimum sentence of 14 years in jail and a fine of one million rupees ($ 10,000) for those found guilty of throwing acid.

More than 150 acid attacks cases have been reported in the past twelve month despite passage of a new law by Pakistani Parliament.

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