Image and quote Source: avaaz.org

“Over 100 women a year are disfigured in Pakistan – most of the acid attacks are committed by their husbands who are punished for their so called bad behavior.

The victims receive looks of scorn and criticism in the streets. In the Pakistani society, if a woman has a disfigured face, it is automatically assumed they did something wrong.

Sabira Sultana, (Second woman in the top frame) was attacked by her husband for dowry disagreement and that the family should have paid at the time of their marriage, and another women named Shamin Akhtar (she may or may not be present in this picture) from Pakistan who was raped by a gang when she was just 17, was punished for “dishonor” by being attacked with acid.”

This is ridiculous. There is a false sense of superiority of men over women. Worse, there is a false sense of “ownership” that husbands have over their wives that condones abuse instead of what it should be – honour, respect, love.

There are generations of deluded reinforcement and conditioning behind this that needs to be broken. How? There is not much we can do from here but highlighting the plight keeps those on the ground fighting the real fight encouraged.

You can also sign the  petition right here. I have. It’s a small step but each step counts in stopping another one of these attacks.

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