In the elite quarters of Pakistan, Shaikh Mohammed Noman’s wife tells him: “I’ve got something for you. Please forgive me.” And she hurls hydrochloric acid in his face, scarring and blinding him over a domestic feud.
H2SO4. No it is not a baking ingredient.
Perhaps if you were a Chemistry student you’d know that Sulphuric Acid is a mineral acid that, in concentrated quanity, can corrode metal, tissue and even stone. It is used in lead-acid batteries, for fertilizers, oil refining, wastage processing and even the synthesis of chemicals.
Sounds dangerous doesn’t it?
What if I were to tell you that this treacherous, lethal acid is being hurled at the beautiful faces of young women, children, and recently in Pakistan, even men, through-out the world?
In New York, a 69 year old man throws acid at his 49 year old daughter, sending her fleeing to the streets, shrieking.
In South Asia, Muhammad Zafar and his wife pour acid on their daughter Anusha, murdering her after she glances twice at a boy. Her parents justified their macabre actions by claiming she was dishonoring their family.
In the Mushahar hamlet in the Patna district, a Dalit girl is barraged with pain even as she blinks or weeps to herself due to the distortion of her face by this vitriolic, erosive acid.
Acid Attacks is a sick and shockingly repellent new trend that has gone viral in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and has now been surfacing in places like New York and South America. The victims experience severe, harsh and painful burns that leave permanent scars and blackened skin that is very difficult to repair. It exposes and dissolves the bone beneath the victims skin. It can even paralyze and blind the victim.
So what spurs this surge of violence that has caused hundreds to throw acid at people that are shockingly close to them?
In Middle Eastern countries, many extremists use it as a punishment to their young daughters who bring “dishonor” to them by talking or engaging with men of the opposite sex. Beating and locking them away is apparently too mild a punishment therefore the parents or fathers take away something closest to a girls heart, something irreplaceable. Her beauty.
In Pakistan, Sheikh Mohammed Noman’s wife threw acid at him due to his refusal to give her a divorce that would permit her to return to her ex husband. He says the pain of the acid is mild compared to the pain of what his own wife did to him.
It seems a new, inhumane and cruel form of revenge that people are using and it is becoming more and more popular because of unquenchable envy, hatred and jealousy. This fetid trend must be controlled and stopped.
Now, all these listings and facts being brought to the media are brought by brave people who have chosen to embrace the harsh injustice done upon them, and speak out to the world against acid attacks. But what of the little girls and the young people, and even the older ones, who have been silently enduring the terror of being marred of their beauty?
As women, we value our external beauty. Imagine having that taken away to be replaced by a black-faced monster in the mirror?
It is our duty to speak out and protest, and to bring to light these miscreants who are taking away the beauty that only Allah should be allowed to take away.
Sonali Mukherjee, a protesting acid-attack victim famously said: “If you can stare at a picture of a pretty woman then you can look at my burnt face too.”
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