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“Acid Throwing” is more than a term used to describe when a man in Pakistan decides that his wife, his sister or his daughter has maculated the honor of the family. It is a heinous crime and it is prolific in Pakistan, where “Honor Killings” and abuse of women and girls are everyday events. In Pakistan, women and girls suffer human rights violations at the hands of the state and, in the absence of appropriate government action, in the community, including but not restricted to “honor” killings, forced marriages, rape and domestic violence.
Most of the victims are defenseless women and they are tortured, grievously assaulted and many times just murdered. Poor and uneducated women must struggle daily for basic rights, recognition, and respect. They live in a culture that defines them by the male figures in their lives, even though these women are often the breadwinners for their families.
A fundamentalist Patriarchal society sees no need to empower their female citizens, denying them equal civil and social rights; their justice system are failing the victims by letting the perpetrators “off the hook” with inconclusive court-cases with no concrete help, allowing the victims to continue to be harassed and threatened and being the ones to be persecuted.