Finally, The National Assembly Passes Two Historic Bills On Acid Attacks And Transgender Protection!


The National Assembly of Pakistan, which is in its last stages of work before the General Elections of 2018, has done more good for the oppressed in one sitting than it had done in its 5 years of power.

The NA successfully passed more than 10 private bills which were moved by members of the assembly. Two most important and historic bills which were passed include the Acid And Burn Crime Bill 2017 and the Transgender Persons (Protection Rights) Act 2018.


The Acid and Burn Crime Bill 2017 was moved by Marvin Memon of the PML-N in a bid to support the victims of acid attacks and quick apprehension and arrests of the oppressors who commit the foul act. The News dissected the bill and here’s what it has to say about the content of the bill: “As per amendments, whoever commits or attempts to commit an offence of acid or burn attack and act resulted in death of any person shall be awarded life imprisonment. An amendment says that whoever intentionally causing hurt by acid and burn attack shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for not more than seven years. “


On the other hand, the Transgender Persons (Protection Rights) Act 2018 supports members of the transgender community, prohibiting discrimination against them, especially in the folds of government. The bill was moved by PPP’s Syed Naveed Qamar. As per the bill, “the transgender persons will have the right to get their gender changed in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) records and they will have also right to inherit property.”

Furthermore, with the bill, transgender people would now be able to get their driver’s license and passport easily. There are to be strict consequences against people who discriminate against transgenders in their homes, educational institutes, at work, in trade, health service, even on public transport. This, indeed, would give them sufficient support in gaining equality among the other two genders. The Transgender bill, however, was oppossed by female members of two religious political parties, namely the Jamat-e-Islami and the JUI-F.

This is how people reacted to the bills on social media

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