Saturday, 2 January 2010

This has no place in Islam.

Shame on you!
This has no place in Islam. These idiots should look for the true meaning of Islam. Where do they get such acts and justify them, there is no such act in Islam. Shame on you. There has always been people like this in the past, adjusting one’s religion to their own means and say this is for God. Shame on you.

"Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers."
From the last sermon of Prophet Mohammed

Just the thought of having acid hurled in your face or poured down your throat is enough to send shivers down the spine. Even more worrying is that this sickening practice is becoming increasingly evident in Britain, leaving victims with permanent scarring, blindness, and a lifetime struggling with shame.

Sixty-seven people in Britain were admitted to hospitals in 2007-08 after being "assaulted with a corrosive substance", according to the NHS Information Centre. Forty-four were admitted the previous year.

Acid attacks where the perpetrator is a relative of the victim are common in the Indian subcontinent. Often a woman is attacked when she rejects a marriage proposal or declines her husband's sexual advance, or her family discovers she has a boyfriend.

An attack is not intended to kill but to permanently disfigure so that the victims will always remember what they did. The practice is seeping into Britain, as part of so-called "honour violence", when individuals are punished by their families. The perpetrators are said to extract acid from car batteries or use contacts in laboratories or schools to obtain sulphuric and hydrochloric acid.

A charity called Acid Survivors Trust International is carrying out the first ever research into this issue in Britain and will work with ethnic minority communities in areas such as Bradford and Glasgow to look into the motives of attacks.
Acid has become a common weapon – partly because it is cheap, a bottle costs about 60 cents, about 40p, and partly because conviction rates are low. The reasons for the attack are varied - from going out without the husband's permission, neglecting the house or children, to cooking a bad meal.

One victim is Farah, who had acid thrown on her face by her two brothers in Birmingham after they discovered she had married her black boyfriend.

      ...The 21-year-old said:

    One of my brothers came towards me and started kicking me. He said my beauty had got me into trouble in the first place and threw something at my face. All I remember is that my face was burning and I fainted. The scars on my face will always be a reminder of what they have done. I don't ever want to see my family again. I am determined to go where they will never find me to live my life normally. Maybe then I'll reunite with my husband.

Farah's story should be reason alone for the authorities to act and address the fact that acid attacks are a hidden issue.

Five Afghan schoolgirls have been attacked with battery acid by suspected Taliban fighters in the southern city of Kandahar.

The attack on Wednesday occurred when two men on motorbikes confronted the students outside the Mirwais Nika Girls High School.

Two girls were seriously injured by what was discovered to be battery acid.

School girls in Kandahar are easily identifiable by their uniform - black trousers, a white shirt, black coat and a headscarf.

"We were on the way to school when two men on motorbikes stopped next to us. One of them threw acid on my sister's face. I tried to help her and then they threw acid on me too," said Latefa, a 16-year-old student.

"We were shouting and people came to see what was going on, then the two men escaped," she said.
Latefa, who did not give her family name, was hurt and Shamsia, her 18-year-old sister, remains in a serious condition with acid burns across her face.

Mr Hiles, from Bristol, spends between two and four months of his free time a year volunteering in Bangladesh and has done for the last 27 years. He was already helping a colleague in Dhaka treat the increasing number of women who were coming in with acid burns on their faces and bodies when the special ASF centre was set up, ten years ago last month.

Instead of spending his retirement relaxing, Mr Hiles has been back and forth to the clinic, watching it grow. Back then it had eight beds, now a decade later, the hospital has 40 beds along with a small army of plastic surgeons, burns therapists, nurses and physiotherapists from the UK who come out to treat patients and train local staff.

In the last trip alone, from which he returned last month, Mr Hiles operated on 50 patients, including Lucky and completed around 200 procedures - spending up to seven hours on a case.

“I do this I suppose for the selfish point of view that it’s wonderful to see people coping with life because you have been able to help them a little bit.

“But still I don’t really know how they do cope. It’s a minor miracle – and in some cases a major miracle. I try to put myself in their position sometimes and think ‘What would it be like to have my features completely distorted?’ And of course I can’t. Nobody can. The inner strength that most of these patients find absolutely amazes me.”

Although most victims of acid attacks are 25-35 year old women, more than 5 per cent are babies. Mr Hiles saw one-month-old Durjoy when he was brought to the clinic with his mouth so badly burnt that his chin had melted down onto to his chest. His lips were almost closed, and he cried as he wheezed in and out. He had been force fed acid by his aunt, who was later found to be mentally ill.

Although he desperately needed surgery, the baby was so weak from not being able to swallow his food that doctors had to put him on a high-protein diet and wait until he was stronger.

After three years of complicated operations including mouth grafts and surgery to remould his neck, some performed by Mr Hiles, Durjoy still has to have a feeding tube attached, but is otherwise a healthy and happy four-year-old.

The surgeon adds: “Every story affects me because it is just a horrible example of man’s inhumanity to man. I feel tremendous sympathy to the patients but as a surgeon you have to stand back from that and get on with the job.”
Acid on infant

Eight-year-old Babli was attacked by her own father when she was only an infant.

He had purchased acid from a local shop and then poured it into his daughter's ears and over her feet.

Her mother Ayeesha explains that he was angry that she had been born a girl.

Despite the government's promises to take these cases seriously, Babli and her mother have little hope of seeing justice done.

Acid attack on Afghan girls
When a man attacks a woman, he forgets that his mother is a woman. While in Islam he is supposed to protect all women in his life, what right does he have in attacking another woman or other women? While a man may have more strength than a woman, do not forget that Allah does not allow him to enter paradise without his mothers (who is a WOMAN)blessing. A man has no right in looking down on a woman as he has no right in looking down on any of Allahs creations.

Rahima Begum, a young woman in the village of Kaligonj in the northwest of Bangladesh, turned down the romantic advances of a neighbour and paid dearly for it.

In the dead of night, while she was asleep, her neighbour poured acid over her face, leaving her disfigured for life.

"I may be still alive but he took my life away, I have become the shame of my family and of my village. I have no where to go," she says.

According to official figures, there are only around 200 acid-related crimes reported every year in Bangladesh.

However, thousands of acid-attack victims find refuge at the Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF) in Dhaka, the capital, in any given year. Like Rahima, most victims are women who have spurned advances from men.

Irreparable scars

"The perpetrators have a strong mindset not to kill the person but to put the victim in a position that they suffer for life," Monira Rahman, the ASF's executive director, said.

The effect is to rob a woman of her beauty, thus ensuring that she will never be admired again, she said.

In depth

Acid attacks on women continue in Bangladesh

The survivors of these assaults suffer deep burns and most bear irreparable scars for the rest of their lives.

Some disfigurement can be treated through surgery, however.

Dr Ronald Hiles, a retired plastic surgeon from the UK, has spent his last two summers volunteering at the ASF, where he has been operating on victims of acid attacks and training Bangladeshi doctors in reconstructive surgery.

"The devastation that acid causes is really similar to the devastation from electricity, from alkaline, from flames or from hot water. Acid usually burns right through the skin," Hiles said.

The Bangladeshi government takes acid crime very seriously, and in the past decade has enacted many laws aimed at curbing the occurrence of this crime.

Lax enforcement

In 2002, legislation was enacted to restrict civilian access to the lethal substance.

This is an effective measure, but has not been adequately enforced. Acid is still accessible to the public, and can be purchased by the gallon for less than $3 at shops that sell industrial chemicals.

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