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

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  •  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
    Monira, a survivor of acid attack, takes part in an awareness rally about the violence against women in Dhaka November 24, 2010. Campaign to Work With Men and Boys, a national network, organized the rally to raise an awareness about the violence against women. 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 December 11, 2010. Begum and her eleven-month-old daughter Afsana were attacked with acid by her relatives on December 10 due to problems arising from her sister's divorce, according to Begum and hospital authorities. 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 July 7, 2010. Prak, who was attacked by unknown perpetrators over what she said was a love affair, is receiving shelter and medical treatment at the centre. After years of indifference to a rise in acid attacks across Cambodia, authorities are drafting up legislation to restrict acid sales and to punish perpetrators. The move comes as Cambodia seeks to tidy up its reputation for human rights abuses, rampant corruption, and lax law enforcement, some of many factors that have deterred foreign investors. 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 July 7, 2010. Um, who was attacked by unknown perpetrators six month ago is receiving shelter and medical treatment at the centre. After years of indifference to a rise in acid attacks across Cambodia, authorities are drafting up legislation to restrict acid sales and to punish perpetrators. The move comes as Cambodia seeks to tidy up its reputation for human rights abuses, rampant corruption, and lax law enforcement, some of many factors that have deterred foreign investors Reuters
  • Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran
    Ameneh Bahrami, who was blinded in both eyes in an acid attack, attends an interview with Reuters at her home in Tehran July 31, 2011. An Iranian woman blinded with acid by her suitor for turning down his marriage proposal spared him at the last minute from being blinded too as punishment for his crime, Iranian media reported on Sunday. Bahrami was blinded in 2004 when Majid Mohavedi poured acid onto her face after she spurned his offers of marriage. Reuters
  • A victim of an acid attack receives treatment at the Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity in Kandal province, west of Phnom Penh
    Keo Srey Vy, a 36 year-old victim of an acid attack, receives treatment at the Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity in Kandal province, west of Phnom Penh February 25, 2010. Cambodia's government is drafting a law to specifically target crimes involving acid attacks amidst a rise in such attacks this year. The government is reviewing similar laws in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh to draft tough sentences including life imprisonment for these crimes, police officials said. 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 November 30, 2011. The motive behind the attack was that the parents refused to wed their eldest daughter to a local warlord, local police reported. REUTERS/ Whadat Reuters
  • Khodeza Begum attends an international conference of acid survivors in Dhaka
    Khodeza Begum attends an international conference of acid survivors in Dhaka May 12, 2009. Begum and her 18-month-old daughter Sonali had been attacked with acid by a neighbour due to a land dispute in 2001. The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) of Bangladesh, which provides help and support to victims of acid violence, hosted an international conference on Tuesday to mark its 10th anniversary. About 600 acid victims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal participated in the conference 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 May 12, 2009. The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) of Bangladesh, which provides help and support to victims of acid violence, hosted an international conference on Tuesday to mark its 10th anniversary. About 600 acid victims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal participated in the conference 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 which Etemad-e Melli newspaper said happened in 2004 in Tehran. The man who blinded Ameneh with acid after she spurned his marriage proposals will also be blinded with acid under Iran's Islamic law, a newspaper said on November 27, 2008. Reuters
  • Acid victim Begum poses inside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital
    Acid victim Rehana Begum poses inside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital June 15, 2008. Begum says she was attacked by her brother-in-law over land dispute about three weeks ago. 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 threw acid on her, sits with her sister 15-year old Shaheena (R), hit in the face and blinded by the overthrow, sit in their home in Ahmedpure Sharqia, 530 km (330 miles) south of Islamabad May 22, 2003. Rights activists say acid attacks are among the worst of the huge numbers of crimes against women committed in Pakistan, a male-dominated Islamic state where the human rights commission estimates a woman is raped every two hours 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 return to Dhaka July 21 from Spain where they received free treatment, including surgery. Hundreds of Bangladeshi girls suffer acid attack and serious burn injuries every year, police and women welfare groups say. Reuters
  • An acid attack survivor attends a conference in Dhaka
    An acid attack survivor attends a conference in Dhaka May 12, 2009. The Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) of Bangladesh, which provides help and support to victims of acid violence, hosted an international conference on Tuesday to mark its 10th anniversary. About 600 acid victims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal participated in the conference Reuters
  • Prominent women's rights campaigner speak a news conference in Islamabad.
    Fakhra (L) speaks to reporters with Tehmina Durrani (R) author of the two books and a former wife of a powerful Pakistani politician in a news conference June 14, 2001. Durrani said that the military-led government on Thursday should urgently issue travel doucument to the 21-years old Fakhra, a women whose entire upper body has been burnt by acid allegedly thrown by her husband Reuters
  • Anna Zarkova
    Anna Zarkova, chief of the criminal news department of Trud Daily in Bulgaria, listens October 28, 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 October 27, in Beverly Hils, CA. It is still not certain if Zarkova will ever regain the sight in her left eye as a result of the acid attack. 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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