Violence Against Women – Pakistan’s Acid Attacks

Saira was attacked with acid by her fiance after refusing to move in with him before the wedding.

 

Photographer and Filmmaker Izabella Demavlys is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From her project ‘Without A Face‘.  To see Izabella’s  body of work click on any image.

 

20 years old. Over 30 operations. Attacked by a boy on her way to school.

20 years old. Over 30 operations. Attacked by a boy on her way to school.

 

25 years old, 12 operations. Attacked two years ago by a stranger knocking on her door.

25 years old, 12 operations. Attacked two years ago by a stranger knocking on her door.

 

Burned by her uncle when she was a child.

Burned by her uncle when she was a child.

 

34 years old, 28 operations. Attacked by her in-laws after a dispute over money.

34 years old, 28 operations. Attacked by her in-laws after a dispute over money.

 

Every year thousands of women are subjected to brutal acid attacks around the world. It is most common in countries such as Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. There are also many cases in countries such as Uganda, Colombia and, more recently, parts of Europe. It is a heinous crime that leaves its victims suffering not only physical scars but mental ones too, often leading them into a life of isolation and stigmatization. The perpetrators – in most cases men – are usually a family member, an abusive husband, relatives seeking revenge or the cause could also be a refused marriage proposal.

 

17 years old, 13 operations. Attacked 2008 by her cousin who wanted to marry her. The attack happened while she was asleep, nine days before her wedding.

17 years old, 13 operations. Attacked 2008 by her cousin who wanted to marry her. The attack happened while she was asleep, nine days before her wedding.

17 years old, 13 operations. Attacked 2008 by her cousin who wanted to marry her. The attack happened while she was asleep, nine days before her wedding.

 

Some progress is being made in Pakistan and India where laws have been enacted that regulate the sale of the types of acid used in these attacks. In addition courts are beginning to recognize the importance of ensuring that men are held accountable for these heinous crimes. But problems persist. In England acid violence has increased in the past year making acid a more common form of weaponry.

 

Saira and her father.

Saira and her father.

 

Saira and her sister.

Saira and her sister.

 

Saira

Saira

 

See also:

Eternal Flame

Movie by Izabella Demavlys

 


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