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Afghan Daughters and their Mother Disfigured in Acid Attack

Afghan Daughters and their Mother Disfigured in Acid Attack

It really blows my mind when I think of the countless ways mankind has found to inflict violence against women around the world.

Acid attacks are one of the violent forms of assault that is most common in countries like Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. A recent story from Afghanistan left four women – 3 daughters and their mother – disfigured from an acid attack.

The perpetrators were after the family’s oldest daughter because her father had denied one of the men’s requests for her hand in marriage. The girl’s father said he rejected the man’s offer of marriage at the time because his daughter was too young. Forced marriage of young Afghan girls is not uncommon today which makes the father’s protection notable.

Rejected, the man and his brothers, who are suspected of being members of a local militia, broke into the house to attack the girls and their mother in revenge. The men involved in the attack have since been brought to the capital by the Interior Ministry for investigation and potential prosecution.

“The attackers defamed Afghanistan in the eyes of the world,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqui. “It was the harshest violence they could ever carry out.”

He said that the Afghan police were warning “those who commit such brutal acts that they will be brought to justice at any cost.”

The Elimination of Violence Against Women law, which was passed last year, specifically prohibits chemical attacks against women. Such offenses carry a punishment of at least 10 years of imprisonment and at most life in prison.

Given the law and the ministry’s quick arrest, one would hope that the men will be adequately punished, but history has proved differently. Since Afghanistan enacted the law banning violence against women there have been 2,299 complaints of gender-motivated abuse registered with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission from March 2010 to March 2011 only 7% of those crimes have been prosecuted.

This is very unsettling. Acid attacks are a violent and inhumane form of violence against women that should be prohibited and punished under the law strictly. We have such laws for a reason; let’s make sure they are enforced so fewer women have to suffer.

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10:11AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

I'm out of words to fully explain my disgust...This country needs to start educating these boys at a very young age to respect and appreciate women. Maybe then,women stand a chance. In the meantime lock up these ignorant pathetic maggots.

12:52PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

THE MEN WHO DO THIS TO WOMEN SHOULD BE LOWERED INTO A VAT OF ACID. THEY NEED THE SAME THING DONE TO THEM BUT IT SHOULD BE THEIR ENTIRE BODY AND HEAD.

11:48AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

This is savage, this why those countries are so behind, there is not development in a violent place as this, since women are half of the force needed to grow a country this crimes kept that places in the dark hole

8:20AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Appalling...

9:39PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

DIRTY, ROTTEN COWARDS. FOR A MAN TO BE FREE TO DO THIS ANYWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS UNSPEAKABLE. THEY NEED THE SAME DONE TO THEM. THEN THEY SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR LIFE.

9:39PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

DIRTY, ROTTEN COWARDS. FOR A MAN TO BE FREE TO DO THIS ANYWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS UNSPEAKABLE. THEY NEED THE SAME DONE TO THEM. THEN THEY SHOULD BE LOCKED UP FOR LIFE.

10:52AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I was once married to a psychotic Muslim man. Big big mistake. He nearly killed me, kept me hostage in his country by holding on to my passport, refused to divorce me even though I kept pushing for a divorce, and stalked me - with his entire family - for many months after I managed to obtain a divorce. Not one foreign woman I know who has married a Muslim man has escaped horrific abuse. There is nowhere for a woman to go to in a situation like this. The police will not help, neither will the courts, neither will friends & neighbors. Once you are married to a Muslim man, you are his property. No matter if he beats you, breaks your bones, or rapes you saying it's your 'duty' to submit to sex with him.

This man who tried to protect his daughter would have been viewed as 'weak', a 'traitor', 'arrogant' & as going against their culture. It would have been very difficult for him to stand up to this family under these societal conditions. Unfortunately, his wife & daughters paid the price for this. I doubt very much that these men will spend 10 years in prison, if any time at all. Governments such as this say what they think foreign governments want them to hear. After that, they take no action. I've seen it happen hundreds of times.

9:58AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Che tristezza!!

9:58AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Che tristezza!!

9:57AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Che tristezza!!

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