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These {NFSW) images show how women in Pakistan have been subjugated to acid attacks from men.

Why do these things happen?

  • “… a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street”
  • “… [she] was burned by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family.”
  • “… [she] was burned with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage.”
  • “… familial dispute”

In some cases, attacks happened (from the Taliban) because girls just tried to go to school.

Here’s one of the less graphic images:

As the introduction to the article states:

Acid attacks and wife burnings are common in parts of Asia because the victims are the most voiceless in these societies: They are poor and female.

Even more disturbing is the statistic that in the Islamabad area alone, 7,800 cases of these attacks have been documented. (How many were undocumented? I wonder) Yet, someone was convicted in only 2% of the cases.

I feel like religion plays a role in this matter, though not the only one. I find it hard to believe that so many people could let this sort of injustice be ignored unless they felt it was part of God’s “divine plan.” Even worse, some of the men committing these crimes probably felt like they were justified in their actions because they were carrying out God’s wishes. Over time, people just get used to it happening and they feel too afraid to speak out against it. And then it becomes less about religion and more about the culture they live in.

Or maybe Islam is the justification given for this sort of crime when it isn’t really the primary cause.

Or maybe it has no role at all.

Is it unfair to blame religion at all in this matter?