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Watch The Incredible Story Of An Acid Attack Survivor And The Activist In Love With Her

"He understood the kind of pain I was in. He understood what I had been going through."

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Acid attacks are increasingly common in South Asia, as a means to inflict violence on women. With dangerous acids available readily for as little as 30 cents per bottle, it is an easy weapon to acquire.

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Pictured above: Haleema Abdul-Ghafar, 36, Islamabad.


More often than not, such attacks are carried out by jilted lovers who, once rejected, seek their revenge by attempting to destroy the woman's beauty.

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According to a commission issued by an Indian court, acid attacks are tried as premeditated attacks. "The acid is usually thrown at victim's face, the perpetrator wants to disfigure the victim and turn them into monster."

Pictured above: Saira Liaqat, 22, Islamabad.

A recently published Al Jazeera article reports:

"No official figures exist on the number of attacks in [India], but going by the increasing frequency of such incidents reported in the local media, there is unanimity that it is growing.

A helpline for women in distress set up in the national capital, New Delhi, received 56 complaints of acid attacks in the first quarter of 2013...

Every few days, there are reports of acids being thrown at some girl in some part of this vast country. Two sisters had acid thrown on them by a landlord for their inability to pay rent on time. Another girl was attacked similarly by her teacher whose amorous overtures she had rejected."


Watch their story in full here:

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Find more information about their "Stop Acid Attacks" campaign on its website.