Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Culture of Acid attack
Acid was a chemical, which used for domestic and industrials purpose. Acid is dangerous liquid; we have to handle it safely, or it will affect our tissue, damaging respiratory organs, eyes, skin and intestines. We have been reading in newspapers, watching in TV (mostly in the films), where the acid are used illegally for attacking humans, some even fill the acid in the empty egg cover and pore on the face. According to Wikipedia, Acid attacks are primarily occur in the parts of South Asian countries, especially in Bangladesh.
Acid throwing remains a major problem in Bangladesh. Mostly these attacks are pointing women’s. For example If a girl refused the man’s proposal or avoid the sexual relationship with him, she will be punished my acid. The acid eats the skin down to the bones, and the woman's chances of living a normal life after such an attack are virtually nil. The acids which use for these attacks are sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. These women’s never leave their homes without wearing a burka (a black dress cover the whole body) and a piece of cloth on their head covering everything but their eyes. Even the school going children’s were affected in this attacks.
In 2002 the death penalty was introduced by Bangladesh government for throwing acid after the number of victims rose to nearly 500 a year. There is also legislation to force businesses that use acid to store it safely. Even though 267 people were still attacked last year. Very cruel issue was a month old kid Durjay was made to drink acid years back, last week he had heat failure but was revived, after a series surgery now he was breathing through a hole in his throat. When he cries the air wheezes in and out. No one has been brought to justice till now. There are much cases like this in Bangladesh, but many cases have not took to court, because of no money to get a Lawyer to get justice. There is even a special hospital and rehabilitation center for victims in the capital, run by a charity called the Acid Survivors' Foundation. The first known acid attack in Bangladesh took place in 1967, and the number of attacks has been rising constantly since the mid-1990s. The solace news is at least the NGO’s are fighting for these poor soul, God bless u people.