Sunday, November 30, 2008

No words: acid attacks

by Chloe Angyal

No words for the stories Nicholas Kristof tells in his Times column today, about the "personal terrorism" of acid attacks on women in Islamabad:

Ms. Azar had earned a good income and was supporting her three small children when she decided to divorce her husband, Azar Jamsheed, a fruit seller who rarely brought money home. He agreed to end the (arranged) marriage because he had his eye on another woman.

After the divorce was final, Mr. Jamsheed came to say goodbye to the children, and then pulled out a bottle and poured acid on his wife’s face, according to her account and that of their son...

...Acid attacks and wife burnings are common in parts of Asia because the victims are the most voiceless in these societies: they are poor and female.... This month in Afghanistan, men on motorcycles threw acid on a group of girls who dared to attend school...

The images of Ms. Azar, who has lost her sight and both her ears in the attack, are truly disturbing, but truly necessary to shed light on this awful trend. If you want to do more than just shed light, you can write to your Congressperson about passing the Violence Against Women Act 2007 mentioned by Kristof. You can also make a donation to the Progressive Women's Organization, an organization based in Pakistan that advocates and supports victims of this kind of violence, including Ms. Azar.

2 Comments:

At December 1, 2008 at 1:11 AM , Blogger k. marie said...

I cried when I watched that video. How horrifying.....

 
At December 1, 2008 at 1:20 AM , Blogger Jaime said...

This certainly has no justification within Islamic ethics. Read to understand the fallacy in the legitimacy of those who have perpetrated. http://commera.blogspot.com/2008/11/forbidding-wrong.html

 

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