Depilex Smileagain Foundation (DSF) hosted a press conference to commemorate the success of an acid burnt victim, Sana Naz’s case on Monday, 4th March, 2019 in Karachi.
Sana Naz, a young girl from Karachi was registered with DSF in 2016 after a man threw acid on her because of a grudge due to which she got severely burnt on her face and body. DSF arranged several surgeries for her and also trained her as a beautician, currently employed at Depilex Beauty Clinic in Karachi.
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Sana Naz, with the support of DSF, filed a FIR against the said man and on February 13, 2019 justice was served, as the legal decision came against the perpetrator and under sections 324/34 336-B PPC, the perpetrator is sentenced for 14 years of imprisonment. He is further directed to pay PKR 500,000/- as compensation to the victim.
“This victory for Sana is a perfect beginning to March – a month where the entire world raises their voice to honor women who have shaped history and to ending discrimination against women and girls” Masarrat Misbah, the founder of Depilex Smile again Foundation said.
She further stated: “This victory is a historic milestone for acid crime in Pakistan, and with the ongoing movement supporting women against harassment and mistreatment, we are so proud of Sana, who not only rose above the incident but legally fought the victim and came out successful – paving way for many others Insha Allah”
“I am ever so grateful to Amrit Shardah and advocate Mumtaz Ali Shah from Dastageer Legal Aid Center for taking up this task and to the doctors who have been a part of Sana’s journey.”
The Depilex Smileagain Foundation (DSF) was conceptualized in 2003 as a support and assistance group for women who are victims of domestic violence with special emphasis in the area of deliberate acid and kerosene burning.