Women Victims: The Real Heroes of Acid Attack [SLIDESHOW]

on March 09 2012 5:21 AM
  •  Sultana, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they commemorate International Women's Day in Dhaka
    Sultana, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they commemorate International Women's Day in Dhaka Reuters
  • Munira Akhter and Rubina take part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they commemorate International Women's Day in Dhaka
    Munira Akhter and Rubina take part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they commemorate International Women's Day in Dhaka Reuters
  •  Hasina, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they mark International Women's Day in Dhaka
    Hasina, a survivor of an acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women as they mark International Women's Day in Dhaka Reuters
  • Survivor of acid attack takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women in Dhaka
    Survivor of acid attack takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women in Dhaka Reuters
  • Asma Begum, a survivor of an acid attack, waits for treatment at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka
    Asma Begum, a survivor of an acid attack, waits for treatment at the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka Reuters
  •  Former garment factory worker Channa Prak (L), 20, who is an acid attack victim poses for a photo at a secure shelter run by non-profit organisation "Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity" outside Phnom Penh
    Former garment factory worker Channa Prak (L), 20, who is an acid attack victim poses for a photo at a secure shelter run by non-profit organisation "Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity" outside Phnom Penh Reuters
  • Former hair dresser, Um Dinay, 19, who is an acid attack victim, passes the time at a secure shelter run by non-profit organisation "Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity" outside Phnom Penh
    Former hair dresser, Um Dinay, 19, who is an acid attack victim, passes the time at a secure shelter run by non-profit organisation "Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity" outside Phnom Penh Reuters
  • Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran
    Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran Reuters
  • A victim of an acid attack receives treatment at the Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity in Kandal province, west of Phnom Penh
    A victim of an acid attack receives treatment at the Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity in Kandal province, west of Phnom Penh Reuters
  • Members of a family receive treatment at a hospital after being attacked with acid at their home by unknown gunmen in Kunduz
    Members of a family receive treatment at a hospital after being attacked with acid at their home by unknown gunmen in Kunduz Reuters
  • Khodeza Begum attends an international conference of acid survivors in Dhaka
    Khodeza Begum attends an international conference of acid survivors in Dhaka Reuters
  •  A survivor of an acid attack attends a rally with her child in Dhaka
    A survivor of an acid attack attends a rally with her child in Dhaka Reuters
  • A combination photograph shows a woman identified as Ameneh before and after she was blinded with acid in an incident that happen in 2004 in Tehran
    A combination photograph shows a woman identified as Ameneh before and after she was blinded with acid in an incident that happen in 2004 in Tehran Reuters
  • Acid victim Begum poses inside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital
    Acid victim Begum poses inside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital Reuters
  •  Two Bangladeshi women with faces burned by acid join a rally of thousands of men and women to mark I
    Two Bangladeshi women with faces burned by acid join a rally of thousands of men and women to mark International Women's Day in Dhaka on March 8, 2005. Bangladesh observes the day with the theme "Stop Violence Against Women". Reuters
  • Sakeena (L), suffering from burns to 70 percent of her body from when her husband
    Sakeena (L), suffering from burns to 70 percent of her body from when her husband Reuters
  • Six Bangladeshi girls who had been defaced by corrosive acid thrown on them by jilted lovers or foes
    Six Bangladeshi girls who had been defaced by corrosive acid thrown on them by jilted lovers or foes Reuters
  • An acid attack survivor attends a conference in Dhaka
    An acid attack survivor attends a conference in Dhaka Reuters
  • Prominent women's rights campaigner speak a news conference in Islamabad.
    Prominent women's rights campaigner speak a news conference in Islamabad. Reuters
  • Anna Zarkova
    Anna Zarkova, chief of the criminal news department of Trud Daily in Bulgaria, listens 0n 28 October 1998 as an interpreter translates her story of how she was attacked with acid as she stood at a bus stop in Bulgaria. Zarkova was honored with the International Women's Media Foundation's "Courage in Journalism" award on 27 October 1998, in Beverly Hils, US Reuters
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Women are still victims of brutal assault in today's modern world. Most of them are attacked by their husbands and other male members of the family for reasons such as petty domestic altercations to more serious issues like bringing dishonor to the family.  Violent assault in the form of acid attack is most common in many countries.

An acid attack victim finds herself badly disfigured, blind, deaf and disabled. In most of the rural victim's cases, the woman can no longer work or study, not due to her disabilities, but because of the perceived colossal dishonor she brings to her family.

It is widely believed in the male-dominated society that the woman usually provokes the attack herself by her flirtatious behavior or indecorous outspokenness. Further, a single woman who has suffered this tragedy, as a rule, has no chance of ever marrying and will be seen as an eternal burden to her family. And in some cases, if the victim is a married woman, her life becomes even worse. Not only does she have to continue living with the perpetrator, who is usually the husband or a male family member, but in many cases, her children too refuse to have any further contact with her.

According to Wikipedia, these attacks are most common in Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and a few other countries. According to statistics, 80 percent of victims of these acid attacks are female and almost 70 percent are under 18 years of age.

Recently, Pakistani filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won her first Oscar for a 52-minute documentary 'Saving Face,' which talks about the suffering in the lives of two women in Pakistan, who are acid attack survivors, and their effort at bringing the attackers to justice. Chinoy hopes to raise a voice and bring about awareness of these monstrous acid attacks and the survivors through her short film.

We bring you a slideshow of acid attack victims around the world, who have survived and moved on.

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