Taliban attacks female students with acid

4 Nov

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Weeks after Malala’s terrible ordeal, the Taliban take another approach to deter young women from receiving an education: throwing acid in their faces. They hope the scars deter other young women from seeking a chance to better themselves. The attacks have been followed by aggressive campaign, threatening other women and passing out pamphlets, to get their message across.

“We will never allow the girls of this area to go and get a Western education,” said Qari Muhavia, the local Pakistani Taliban leader, “If and when we find any girl from Parachinar going to university for an education we will target her (in) the same way, so that she might not be able to unveil her face before others.”

Two girls attacked were graduate students named Zahida and Nabila, they are alive but badly scarred. They were coming home after taking their exams.

Apparently, acid throwing is a common way to punish women in Pakistan who have allegedly ‘dishonored’ their families. Parents might attack their daughters for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with boys. One girl, named Anwasha, died from an acid attack from her parents for secretly talking to a boy on her cell phone.

The disfigurement from the acid is associated with shame in their culture. These guiltless women will be affected for life, the judgement in their culture will probably prevent them from having husbands or families. The tragedy is the Taliban’s power over their lives and the lives of countless young women, through horrific intimidation and fear.

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2 Responses to “Taliban attacks female students with acid”

  1. Samantha Ellison November 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Thanks for posting this. I have read a lot about this and this tactic. To me it is right up their with honor killings. Thanks for also placing a picture within the article. I think it gives the post that more more of an affect.

  2. shenikiqua1 November 5, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    This is so sad. I’ve seen this too many times. It’s easy to say that she is lucky to still be alive but the pain she went through had to be horrific.

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