A lifeline to victims of acid attacks

The vice-president said efforts are being made to allot a special budget for the treatment of the victims of recent acid attacks.

Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi said Monday government is taking measures to help the victims of recent acid attacks in Isfahan. What appears below is the partial translation of a report by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on her comments about the harrowing incident that has generated heated debate in society:

“The government is working out a plan to allocate a special budget to the treatment of the victims of recent acid attacks,” said Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi.

In her 7th meeting with female consultants to executive institutions on October 27, Molaverdi congratulated Iranian female athletes on their stellar performance in the 2014 Asian Games and Para Games in Incheon, South Korea and said, “These women have only showcased part of Iranian women’s capabilities. We hope to witness more success by Iranian women in the future.”

These heinous acid attacks have entangled our society of late, she said, adding “These unfortunate incidents have dealt a blow to the physical, mental and social security of society.”

She went on to say, “After the ministers of interior, justice and intelligence handed in reports to President Rouhani on the incidents, the president was swift to condemn the inhumane attacks and ordered the case to be solved as soon as possible.”

Recalling efforts by the government from the get-go to solve the case, she pointed out, “A bill designed to stiffen penalties for those behind acid attacks is being crafted and will soon be sent to parliament. We won’t stand down until the truth is out.”

She quoted President Rouhani as saying, “Security is the cornerstone of growth and development, and we do not let it take a hit for any reason.”

She concluded that the government is trying to cut a deal with Iran Bar Association to use its potential in representing the victims of these attacks.

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