Category Archives: Acid Attacks on Women and Girls

Dishonor in Pakistan


women-in-pakistanMurder . . .

A prayer leader allegedly gunned down his daughter in the name of honour on Sunday morning.

Villagers said Maulana Taoos of Balyani village in Kandar tehsil suspected his daughter, 17-year-old Zubaida, of having an affair with a relative in Karachi.

On Saturday night, he reportedly subjected her to severe torture, forcing her to confess. After Fajr prayers on Sunday, the maulana shot her dead with an AK-47. Zubaida was later buried by villagers.

Read the rest: Daughter Killed by Muslim Prayer Leader over “Honor”


A man killed his wife in Badami Bagh on Thursday for not allowing him to marry another woman, police said.

Read the rest: Wife Killed for Not Allowing Husband to Marry Second Wife

Acid Attacks . . .

Two women were attacked with acid in separate incidents on Wednesday.

Police said Saima Bibi, a resident of New Garden Town, had exchanged angry words with her husband over a domestic matter. Her husband and his brother then attacked her with acid..

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A 17-year-old was attacked with acid allegedly during a rape attempt. Police have arrested one of the suspects.

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Violent Crime Against Afghani Women Hits Record Levels

Violence against women in Afghanistan is on the rise.Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of the country’s human rights commission said this weekend — a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops prepare to withdraw.

Restoring women’s rights after the Taliban was ousted by a U.S.-led coalition of troops in 2001 has been frequently cited as one of the objectives of the war. Under Taliban rule, women were required to wear the head-to-toe covering burqa and barred from leaving their homes without being escorted by a male relative. Schools for girls were shut also down.

But advances towards greater freedoms for women in the country have been undermined by a worrying uptick in violence
The United Nations in December reported a 28 percent increase in cases of brutality against women for October 2012 through September 2013. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told Reuters that the severity of attacks on women had greatly intensified last year.

“The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape,” she said.

Read the rest: Violent Oppression of Women in Afghanistan is on the Rise.

Step daughters Refuse To Be Sold – Get Acid Thrown in their Faces

Kanwal, acid burn victim.A man in Pakistan’s Punjab province attacked his two young step-daughters with acid for refusing to marry men chosen by him, police said today.

Muhammad Aslam, a mason from Pattoki village, located 70 km from provincial capital Lahore, threw acid on his step-daughters Malaika, 19, and Javeria, 23, while they were asleep last night. Both victims were brought to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where doctors described their condition as critical.

Police said Aslam often quarrelled with his step-daughters on the issue of their marriage. “He wanted to marry them with men of his choice,” police official Bashir Ahmed said.

Aslam had allegedly accepted money from a man in his neighbourhood after promising to marry one of the step-daughters to him.

“When both girls refused the proposal, Aslam threw acid on them to teach them a lesson,” Ahmed said.

Read the rest: Man Throws Acid in Step-daughters Faces for Refusing Arranged Marriages

(h/t to The Religion of Peace)

Facial mutilation and disfigurement by acid attacks are common in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The wife or daughter or other female family member must be kept under control by the men, for the men’s honor is all placed in the sex of the female. If she remains pure, the family has honor.

The woman’s body, even her hair, is seen as so powerful that it must be covered up because the men seeing them can’t control their sexual urges. These men are still at the level of beasts that function totally on instinct. Pity them and pray for their evolution.

But what did these women do wrong? Dawn Perlmutter with the Middle East Forum  has done an outstanding job of defining, explaining and documenting the violent attributes of the honor/shame Islamic culture.

In “The Semiotics of Honor Killing and Ritual Murder” she explains that when the woman has broken the greatest tribal codes – disobeying the man – she must be punished to atone. So as punishment, her body is burned with acid as a symbolic “purification through fire” by the family that restores their honor. Since her face is the only part of the woman’s body that is seen publically, her scars are a visible sign of her dishonor to her community. Other girls see this and it is a deterrent for any disobedient actions.

Two British Women Attacked with Acid in Zanzibar


Two young British women were attacked by acid in Zanzibar, in what is believed to be the first such assault on foreigners on the fabled archipelago which is now a semi-autonomous part of the East African nation of Tanzania. 

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18-year-olds from North London, were working as volunteer teachers in Zanzibar when two men riding on a passing moped threw acid on their faces, chests and hands on the streets of historic Stone Town in the old part of Zanzibar City, the capital, on Wednesday.

The girls were flown to a hospital in Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland and released on Thursday morning. The president of Tanzania himself, Jakaya Kikwete, reportedly visited the young women at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam and vowed to catch the culprits behind this “shameful” attack.

The motive for such an unusual incident remains a mystery. Typically, acid attacks occur on the Indian subcontinent and involved a jealous boyfriend, husband or suitor who takes revenge on a woman for such perceived insult. In such cases, the victims are physically and psychologically scarred for life

“Investigations are on until we apprehend the criminals,” Zanzibar’s deputy police commissioner Mkadam Khamis told the Agence France Presse news agency. “Police in Zanzibar have launched a manhunt, and we ask for public assistance in identifying the attackers.”

Read the rest: Acid Attacks on British Women in Zanzibar.

More here.

Asma asks:  “Is it because they were Jewish?  Or walking in public without ‘decent’ attire and head coverings and without a man related to them?  Poor ignorant, naïve kids.

Acid Thrown on the Face of Pakistani Actress

Woman from Pakistan with acid burns on her face.A young Pashto actress suffered critical burn injuries Saturday after a local TV drama producer allegedly threw acid on her while she was asleep in her home, family members claimed.

Akhtar Waiz, the brother of 18-year-old Bushra, told that the family was asleep in the courtyard of their home in Nowshera early Saturday when the attacker barged into the house, throwing acid on Bushra. The brother said his feet were also burnt with drops of acid.

Bushra, who is also known as Shazia Aziz, is a Pashto-language singer, actress and theatre artist from Pabbi area in Nowshera district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Bushra is only the most recent victim of acid attacks – a crime that experts say is on the rise in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In year 2012, 150 acid attack cases were registered in Pakistan, 30 of which were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mardan district alone.

According to the Islamabad-based NGO, Acid Survivors Foundation, the data shows an upward trend in this form of violence on womenfolk. 45 per cent of the acid attacks are the result of family feuds while 17 per cent are linked to over marriage refusals.

Read the rest: Acid Attack on Pakistani Actress.

Veiled Muslim Woman Throws Acid in Londoner’s Face

Photo of victim before and after acid attack
A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London. 

Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body.

These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.

Ms Oni, who is employed by Victoria’s Secret at the Westfield Stratford shopping centre, was five minutes from home in Dagenham, east London when she was attacked on December 30.

The 20-year-old was only released from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford last weekend after spending almost a month receiving skin grafts and specialist treatment in the hospital’s burns unit.

Doctors initially warned Ms Oni that she may not be able to see again and although she can now see out of her left eye she still only has partial vision in her right eye.

Read more: Veiled Muslim Attacks Londer with Acid

Kashmiri Women without Veils Threatened with Acid Attacks

Sign reads "Danger: Acid"

The women of Kashmir, renowned for their grace and beauty, have been warned by groups affiliated with al Qaeda to cover their faces or risk disfigurement and even death from acid attacks.

The warning also extended to women using mobile phones in public.

A notice stamped on mosques in the Shopian district of Kashmir allegedly from groups calling themselves al Qaeda Mujahideen and Lashkar e al Qaeda declared: “We appeal to the public that they ensure that their women observe purdah [covering heads and faces] in public places. If we spot any woman without purdah, we will sprinkle acid on her face. If we spot any girl using [a] mobile phone, she will be shot dead.”

The posters added: “This land belongs to Allah and we will make sure that nothing against His will happens here.”

Read the rest: Women in Kashmir without Veils Threatened with Acid Attacks.

Women in Pakistan Province Threatened with Acid Attacks for Shopping

Painting of Pakistani Woman Surrounded by Barbed WireThe militant Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has threatened to throw acid on the faces of women who venture to the bazaars in Mekran’s largest town of Turbat, according to a radio report.

“The militants sent text messages to the public that women who venture to go for shopping in the market place like the Lehri market and StarPlus market on their own would be attacked by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi,” a caller told the pro-militant Radio Gwank based in Sweden.

Balochistan has been a battleground for secular and democratic forces and Islamists for many years, but the Islamists mostly existed on the fringe of society.

During the military dictatorship of General Ziaul Haq, Saudi Arabia pumped in millions of dollars to finance hundreds of madressahs where poor Baloch students went for religious education.

“What we see now is the coming of age of the graduates of those madressahs,” said former speaker of the Balochistan assembly Mir Akram Dashti of the National Party.

There have been at least three reported cases of acid throwing in Balochistan in the last two years. According to Amnesty International, on 29 April, three sisters, Fatima, aged 20, Sakeena, aged 14 and Saima, aged 8, were disfigured by acid thrown at them in Kalat town, Balochistan, apparently for violating a ban on leaving the house without a male guardian.

Read the rest:  Women in Balochistan, Pakistan Threatened with Acid for Shopping.

Can a Man-Made Law Stop Acid Violence Against Women in Pakistan?

Bashiran Bibi, Pakistani Woman Victim of Acid AttackFrom the Express Tribune in Pakistan comes a report by Sahar Bandial on acid violence and how to combat it:

Horrific memories have a staying power, easily rekindled upon the appropriate trigger. The tragic end of Fakhra Younus in Rome last month was one such trigger. It took me back to the summer afternoon, some years ago, at the Mayo Hospital in Lahore: a dark room with a hospital bed covered by a makeshift protective tent and a muffled voice emanating from behind. A disfigured limb reached out; I stepped closer to encounter a persona, not recognisable in its physical form as human, melted away indiscriminately by the corrosive acid thrown on her by her spouse.

Words of comfort and promises of redress and legal action offered by the team of aid workers I accompanied did little to move the maimed woman, who had resigned to the dictates of fate, uninterested in seeking justice. The image is hard to forget and evokes horror, disgust, guilt and insecurity even today. It epitomises the capacity of evil, the frailty of life and the desperate dependability of women on patriarchal social norms and structures that remain untouched by a passive, and at times, complicit legal system.

Our legislature appears cognisant of the evil of acid violence and has taken the initial steps to redress it. The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act passed last December — through the insertion of Section 336-A and 336-B in the Pakistan Penal Code — has explicitly identified “causing hurt by dangerous means or substance”, including any corrosive substance or acid, as a crime.

It also provides for stringent punishment, extending to life imprisonment. However, the definitional clarity brought by the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act is not a sufficient response to the incidence of acid crimes in Pakistan, where over 700 cases of acid violence have been reported since 2006.

Read the rest here: How to Combat Acid-Violence.

The article concludes with, “Only within a more comprehensive legal system can the state’s criminalisation of  ‘hurt by acid’ and its commitment to gender equality and elimination of gender violence bear fruit.”

Sahar and others believe that stricter legislation and punishment will change the desires of a man to punish a woman, when he has been taught all his life that women are inferior and can be punished for not obeying his commands or for shaming him.  But will this law be adhered to and will there actually be dire consequences for the perpetrator?

I hope Shahar and the women of Pakistan obtain their objectives.  But under Islamic sharia law, a woman will still be punished and beaten by her husband; she still is not recognized as his equal.  There is nothing Shahar or any other person, male or female, can do to change the laws of Allah. As long as sharia laws exist, the causes, the desires that are causes for the acid attacks, will remain as the foundation for the violence against women no matter what form it takes.

Honor Killings in Afghanistan (Again)

Victims of Acid AttacksThis is so sad.  Youngsters just being friends.  Islam does not tolerate different gender relationships, so be forewarned.

But the burning of faces is not sunnah.  Mohammed did many horrible things but he did not burn faces.  This is pure evil not condoned by any religion or cult.

A 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy have been killed in an acid attack in Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, with witnesses claiming it was because of their friendship in what is an ultra-conservative country.

The bodies were discovered on Friday in wasteland in the Esfandi area of Ghazni province in south central Afghanistan, provincial police chief Zorawar Zahid told AFP.

“Their bodies and faces were burnt by acid,” he said.

The police chief said officers were investigating the motive for the attack, but witnesses who found the bodies told AFP the two were probably killed because of their friendship.

The article is here.
(h/t to the