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Published on Jan 24, 2010
Monira Rahman is a human rights defender, who works to create a society where women live a life free from the fear of violence. For 17 years, her efforts have centered on ending violence, abuse and discrimination against women in Bangladesh. As Executive Director of the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) Monira has raised awareness and brought about institutional change, including new laws to discourage attackers and prevent future violence. ASF runs a 20-bed hospital and treats 600-700 acid attack survivors annually many were attacked years ago and never received care. Through ASF, survivors also access mental health services and employment opportunities Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0
Ans unspeakable, uncontrolled practice is called: "Acid Attacks". Which is becoming a common practice in certain parts of the World. Sulfuric acid, cheap and easily accessible like kerosene, has emerged as a weapon used to disfigure and sometimes kill women and girls.
Acid-throwing is one of the most alarming and horrific forms of violence especially targeted at women. It has a devastating effect on the victims. It inflicts lifelong suffering on them. Even a small amount of acid, sulphuric or nitric, melts the skin tissues, often with the bones underneath exposed or dissolved.
Other effects include:permanent disfigurement, scars on the face and body, and narrowing of the persons nostrils, eyelids and ears. In most cases, vital organs of the survivors, especially the eyes, are permanently damaged.
It has a catastrophic impact on the lives of the victims psychologically, socially and financially.
Reported reasons for the acid-throwing attacks include the refusal of an offer of marriage, dowry disputes, domestic fights, and disputes over property. Acid attacks leave the victims scarred and often blinded.
Treatment is too expensive for most victims, and is an excruciatingly painful experience.