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Old 12-10-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
 
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This is so horrifying. Usually when I hear about acid being thrown into a woman's face, the perpetrators are Islamic fundamentalists enraged about females attending school. But this despicable form of violence is not limited to any religion or culture, and the law often fails to protect the victims.

In this particular case, a 17 year old woman threatened to call the authorities if her 3 male neighbors didn't stop harassing her. They retaliated by pouring acid over her face as she slept, severely mutilating her and leaving her almost deaf and blind. Her attackers were out of jail in less than 3 years, for what should have been prosecuted as attempted murder. Now she wants the right to die, to end her suffering.

Why is a woman's life worth so much less than a man's?

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I actually thought it was mainly a south asian practice as it's not so uncommon in India. It has no religious history but has to do with culture and control. I see it has spread to afghanistan and some other countries as well.

Human rights are quite low in certain countries, regardless of gender. I read a very disturbing article on cnn about a boy that was mutilated in bangladesh, so much that I almost cried. The sad thing is that it's not so uncommon.
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Women and children are perceived as weaker and more vulnerable, and easier to abuse and exploit. But women represent a particular threat to men's status and masculinity, and are more frequently targeted in order to assert status and domination.

In my OP I meant to note the practice of female genital mutilation, which is also mistakenly associated with Islam but is in fact prevalent in Christian countries as well. (Kenya's independence leader and first president, Jomo Kenyatta, wrote his university thesis on (among other things) the issue of FGM, stating that no self-respecting Kenyan man would marry a woman who had not undergone the procedure.) This is the most egregious example of men inflicting physical injury on females to control their sexuality, and by extension their social, economic and political lives.
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I don't even understand where one's mind has to be to think of such a thing. The perpetrators seem to act so cavalierly: You reject me, I ruin your life.

And why are these chemicals so readily and cheaply available? The government should crack down on the supply chain. What else could the chemicals be used for? Anything legitimate? I doubt it. So then they shouldn't be so easy to buy.
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it used to be common in VN but now not so much. but it still does happen once in awhile
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It has no religious history but has to do with culture and control.
Kenya's independence leader and first president, Jomo Kenyatta, wrote his university thesis on (among other things) the issue of FGM, stating that no self-respecting Kenyan man would marry a woman who had not undergone the procedure.
There are no words to express the horror of this.
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It has no religious history but has to do with culture and control.
Kenya's independence leader and first president, Jomo Kenyatta, wrote his university thesis on (among other things) the issue of FGM, stating that no self-respecting Kenyan man would marry a woman who had not undergone the procedure.
There are no words to express the horror of this.
That was a long time ago, and while there are some tribes who still practice FGM in Kenya, it is a long lost tradition to most. My mum is from his tribe and did not practice it, nor did my grandma or great grandma. And no one on my dad's side either. It is still very very HORRIFIC that it still goes on in Kenya and other countries. Education is working, but there is still work to be done.

This story of the woman in India is also horrific. There are no words. When will men get it that we are human beings too?
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