Stepped up media campaign reduces acid violence rate
Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Incidents of acid violence are declining due to wide media coverage, social campaign and introduction of stringent laws to punish acid throwers, said speakers at a workshop in the city on Monday.

'Media are covering widely the issues relating to acid violence and thereby helping create mass awareness against the crime and as a result incidents of acid violence have reduced significantly in recent times', said ASM Sowket Hossain, acting chairperson of Acid Survivors Foundation, at the workshop.

The foundation organised the daylong workshop titled 'orientation for journalists: legal and gender perspective' at the BRAC Centre Inn. According to ASF statistics, 325 people fell victim to acid attacks in 2004. The number was 272 in 2005, 221 in 2006, 187 in 2007 and 14 in January, 2008.

President of National Press Club, Shawkat Mahmud, secreatry general of BFUJ, Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, field project director of Canada's Legal Reform Project, Alnoor S Meghani, ASF's head of programme, Dr Faisal Mahmood, programme officer Palash Chowdhury and Mahbuba Haque Kumkum spoke at the workshop.

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