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Acid Attacks on women in Pakistan

Acid Attacks on women in Pakistan

The Land of Burnt Faces

 

Soon Pakistan's name will change into " Ethiopia". Why?
The word " Ethiopia" derived from the Greek word Aethiop and means “The land of burnt faces.” in the case of Pakistan the cause is not hardship of life,but the increasing number of  women who burnt by throwing ACID on them.
In these days a cheap and easily available, the quickest weapon to destroy a woman's life is ACID in our beloved country Pakistan.
 acid easily available in masses
According to a research, in 20 countries at least 1500 people are attacked in this way every year.
 80 %  are women and  between 40 and 70 % of them are under 18 years of age. In Pakistan, people use acid to attack their victims as a form of revenge for refusal of sexual advances, proposals of marriage and demands for dowry.

According to a Rand Corporation commentary, hundreds of women in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been blinded or maimed when acid was thrown on their unveiled faces by male fanatics who considered them improperly dressed.  

Campaigners in Pakistan say cases of acid attacks are increasing in most areas, even though tougher penalties were introduced last year. An Oscar-winning Pakistani documentary has put the crime under the spotlight, but it is estimated that more than 150 women have acid thrown on them every year - usually by husbands or in-laws - and many never get justice. The BBC's Orla Guerin reports.

A lady whose name is "Shama" ( meaning  candle)  said ;  her husband burnt her flesh as if it was a candlewick.

A report tells us that 

After acid attacks, women find refuge, independence as beauticians. 

People are working for acid survivors like:

Acid Survivors 

Express Tribune has also covered such stories. Click here to read

According to New York Times reporter Nicholas D. Kristof, acid attacks are at an all time high in Pakistan and increasing every year. The Pakistani attacks he describes are typically the work of husbands against their wives who have "dishonored them"
Under the Qisas law of Pakistan, the perpetrator may suffer the same fate as the victim, and may be punished by having drops of acid placed in his/her eyes.

So we have the law..... but as always the biggest problem of our country is  " Implementation".
Hope for a better Pakistan, with  a literate nation, a better and safer place to live.

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Fahmina Arshad is Blogger, Social Media Activist, Women Rights activist, women rights defender, feminist, women issues advisor and ambitious to work for Women Growth in Pakistan.

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