Acid-throwing attacks on the rise.
Reasons cited for the most recently reported incidents included failure to pay dowries, refusals to marry,, and a land dispute, according to Monira Rahman, executive director of the foundation.
Bangladesh's government has made the possession of the most caustic acids a punishable offense and has imposed strict penalties on those convicted of using acid in acts of violence, but activists say very few cases are ever prosecuted.
Rahman said acid-throwing Incidents were on the rise and urged people from all walks of life to come forward to resist such heinous acts. She also urged the government to enforce existing laws.
The survivors foundation opened a 16-bed hospital in January dedicated solely to treating acid-attack victims. Rahman said the hospital is full and the foundation is overseeing the care of 12 other females in various local hospitals. For more information, see www.acidsurvivors.org.
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|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 16, 2004|
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