Acid Attacks on Women in Pakistan Have Dropped by 50% in 5 Years

Incidents of acid attacks on women have declined by 50 percent in Pakistan according to a report by the Acid Survivors Foundation Pakistan (ASFP). The report compared the number of acid attack incidents over the last five years.

ASFP’s data indicates that a decline in such cases is a huge success for policies on acid violence and countering Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Pakistan.

The data shows that a total of 71 acid attack incidents were reported in 2016 and 2017, while in 2018 and 2019, 62 cases were reported apart from 11 incidents of fire burns and four of multiple burns.


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The conviction rate has also risen for the registered cases from 2014 to 2019. As for the reported cases, 38 were from South Punjab, 11 were from Central Punjab, one from Islamabad, one from Sindh, eight from Balochistan, and three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Moreover, the 54 FIRs were registered from 2018 to 2019 while the prosecution of 13 cases was carried out.

ASFP is a leading non-government organization that works for the implementation of Acid and Burn Crimes Criminal Amendment 2011. It monitors implementation of acid and burns crime legislation while undertaking evidence-based programming and advocacy for the survivors of acid and burn violence.

Via Pakistan Today

  • Thanks to Sharmeen Obaid Chinnoy for bringing the issue in focus and the resulting government actions.

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