Sunday, November 16, 2008

I don’t want to go to school today. Taliban might spray me with acid.

Prompted by the spate of acid attacks on women in Noida, in my last post, I wondered what makes acid attacks so common in India. I dug a little deeper and found this piece
Acid attacks, they say here, originated in the neighboring Bangladesh. Indian (and Pakistani) men simply ran with the idea!

While most of the attacks in South Asia have been somewhat personal in nature – a spurned lover, a pissed off ex-boyfriend and so on, Islamic fundamentalism has given acid-throwing a new dimension. As part of their agenda to oppress women, well-planned, brutal, acid attacks on groups of women – outside schools, colleges or local hangouts - in Kashmir, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan have been on the rise.

The recent attack on a group of young innocent Afghan girls is horrific. Their crime? Going to school, trying to rebuild their lives, dreaming of a future free of violence and terror…

Members of Campaign and Struggle Against Acid Attacks on Women (CSAAAW) say in an article here:
“We believe that the only way to stop acid attacks is to root out the patriarchy behind them, the culture of silencing women who speak out.”

Rooting out patriarchy and the Taliban might take time, what about little girls who want to go to school during this period…

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