Acid Violence

Journalist and blogger Scott Carney wrote about something that is only happens in cheesy action movies here in the West, but unfortunately is quite a common reality in South Asia: acid violence.

Last week a young woman from Mysore was doused with a bottle of hydrochloric acid and then forced to drink a mixture of acid and alcohol. No one was surprised. Her husband had abused her for years, she had even lodged a series of complaints with the police in the months before the final attack. Two days ago Hina Fathima died in a Mysore hospital.

Acid violence is increasingly common across South Asia and cases like Fathima's are common enough that they often don't even make the front page of local newspapers. The Campaign and Struggle Against Acid Attacks on Women, or CSAAAW, has recorded 61 acid attacks in Karnataka since 1999. While most of the women die from their injuries or from suicide some survivors have come out to try to change local laws that make acid cheap and easily available at any corner grocery store. The women who do survive often have to bear terrible medical costs and often lose their eyes, noses, ears and any semblance of facial expression.

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Well, the British were able to get them to (largely) stop widow burning. Maybe a return to some good old fashioned colonialism is all that is needed. Here, here!
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Truly barbaric and the men that do this need to get likewise in return.

after saying that did anyone else find the name of the town/country/village (whatever that place was) ironic? Mysore?? wtf
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