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Depilex Smileagain urges religious scholars to help curb violence against women
Religious scholars and legislators are being urged to play their role in combating the menace of acid attacks in the country.

The Punjab University’s department of Gender Studies organised a seminar in collaboration with Depilex Smile Again Foundation.

Head of Depilex Smile Again Foundation, Musarrat Misbah, Punjab University Dean Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Dr. Raana Malik, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

Musarrat Misbah highlighted the importance of spreading general awareness in the society as well as educating men to respect women. She also called on local religious scholars to play their role in supporting the implementation of laws and regulations pertaining to the sale of acid. Dr Zakria Zakir said there is a need to understand the phenomenon of domestic violence in its true perspective so that we could overcome such crimes against women. He said the victims of acid burns and the stories of their survival were an inspiration.

Saadia Akbar appreciated the efforts of Smile Again Foundation and said that the organization was helping those who had been ignored for years. She said that the Department of Gender Studies was offering a course on issue of violence in its Master’s programme.

Dr Raana Malik said that such crimes were owing to a lack of tolerance in society.

A documentary “Silent Veil” was also screened for the students of Department of Gender Studies, depicting the stories of Acid Victims. Mussarat Misbah introduced four female acid burn victims. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session.

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