Acid Attacks Against Women Continue

News Junkie Post - Acid attacks are common in a number of Asian countries including Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Cambodia(see first photograph) and Bangladesh. In Bangladesh alone, over 2,600 cases of acid attacks have been reported since 1999. Acid attacks are a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence where acid is thrown in people’s faces.

The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reason, quite often by a jealous spouse or someone in their immediate family. In some cases it is because a young girl or woman has refused the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a marriage proposal. More recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or more simply a desire for revenge.

The chemical used for these heinous crimes are either nitric or sulfuric acids. The two acids have a catastrophic effect on human flesh. It causes the skin tissue to melt, often exposing the bone below the muscular tissue, and sometimes even dissolving the bone. When acid attacks the eyes, it damages them permanently. Many acid attack survivors have lost the use of one eye or both eyes. Of course the scars left from these horrendous crimes are not just skin deep, added to the great psychological trauma they suffer, survivors also face social isolation. Read more.


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