Posted by Alli (22.214.171.124) on January 30, 2002 at 11:41:52:
In Reply to: Re: pancho, dah-link, posted by pancho on January 29, 2002 at 20:57:28:
my boyfriend told me once about his visit to Bangladesh several years ago - he heard about this woman who was gang raped, & her attackers left her for dead after throwing (battery?) acid on her face. he said it was incredibly sad, & that the people in the village she lived in treated her like dirt, as if she deserved it all, instead of condemning her attackers...
Wednesday, 30 January, 2002, 13:37 GMT
Bangladesh acid attacks soar
The breakdown of law and order could be connected
By the BBC's Alistair Lawson in Dhaka
Figures released by the Acid Survivors Foundation in Bangladesh show that the number of acid attacks jumped 50% in 2001 from the previous year.
There were 338 attacks throughout Bangladesh last year, most carried out against women fleeing arranged marriages, the foundation said.
But, in some cases, children and men have been victimised too.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has denounced the attacks
The practice of throwing acid has been described by the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, as a disgrace to her country. Victims are often left horrifically disfigured and scarred for life.
The Acid Survivors Foundation has arranged for two British plastic surgeons to treat people who have been attacked, and they are now operating on patients.
The foundation's executive director, John Morrison, said that while the latest figures made gloomy reading, there have been some positive developments in the battle to stop acid attacks.
"The new government came into office on the first of October and they have already moved," he said.
"They are setting up special courts to deal with acid violence. They are passing special laws to prohibit the sale of acid to unauthorised people.
"They're ensuring that the law enforcing agencies act on this."
So far at least, two people have been sentenced to death in recent months for carrying out acid attacks in Bangladesh.
It is not clear whether the rise in the number of attacks is in any way connected with the widescale breakdown of law and order in the country over the last year.
Some commentators say those who carry out the attacks may not be fully aware of the pain and suffering they cause, and that the problem can never be eradicated unless people are properly educated.
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