Muslim women, children bear scars of acid attacks

More on islams respect for women.

by Julie Clothier, 8 March 2009
DHAKA (AFP) – At first glance, Bably Akter looks like any other nine-year-old Bangladeshi girl, dressed in a brightly coloured pink and turquoise skirt and top trimmed with silver sequins.

A matching headband conceals her left ear, badly deformed and the only obvious sign she is the victim of an acid attack, a practice rampant in the impoverished country, used mainly in domestic disputes and against women and children.

As her mother, Parul, recounts the story of how Bably’s father put drops of acid on different parts of her body every day for five days when she was a baby, the little girl lifts her skirt to reveal a large scar on her legs and feet.

“Her father wanted a son. He’d been violent towards me before Bably was born but it was not until day five, when he actually fed her acid I realised something was seriously wrong,” Parul, 26, said.
-By restricting women to second class citizens islamic communities encourage violence against them. If islam ever rejoins the rest of the human race in this century it will be the women that force the change.

She complained to the police but charges were never laid.
-Naturally, she was his property and it was a private family matter.

“We ran away and spent two years at the Acid Survivors’ Foundation (ASF) hospital where Bably had a lot of plastic surgery on her mouth. She still needs more operations.”
With her broad grin and her love of dancing, Bably speaks about her dreams of one day becoming a doctor to help others in the South Asian nation.
-The existence of an entire foundation to help victims show the levels of domestic violence inside muslim communities has reached crisis proportions.

“She says she doesn’t remember what happened but sometimes she cries for no reason. Her speech is a little bit impaired and she gets teased at school,” Parul said.

The Dhaka-based ASF says most victims of acid attacks bear obvious physical scars, which make them pariahs. Bably is one of the lucky ones.

Efforts in Bangladesh in recent years to curb the practice mean cases are slowly declining, but human rights campaigners say acid remains too easy to buy.

“Acid throwing is rampant in the southern and northern parts of Bangladesh where it is used for dying the fishing nets and in the handloom industry,” said ASF doctor Imtiaz Bahar Choudhury.

Last year 179 people — three-quarters of those women and children — were victims of acid violence in Bangladesh, with 20 cases already recorded for 2009, according to the ASF.
-Mohammed’s big brave islamic warriors often attack the weak; women and children are their favorite victims.

The most common reasons for the attacks are disputes over property and dowry payments, and unrequited love where spurned suitors try to disfigure women who reject them.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said this week one woman in five around the globe has been a victim of rape or attempted rape, and that in some countries one woman in three has been beaten or subjected to some kind of violent act.
-Many communities have an almost acceptance of domestic violence but islam is one of the few that uses its own religious ideology to justify it. Mohammed himself was a child abuser, a pedophile and a rapist. His example has doomed generations of muslims to a continuing stream of violence.

“Violence against women is an abomination. I’d like to call it a crime against humanity,” Ban said ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The last major study into domestic violence in Bangladesh found that about 60 percent of women had been physically or sexually abused.

About 19 percent of those had experienced severe physical violence, defined as being hit with a fist or object, kicked or dragged, beaten up, choked, burnt, or threatened with a weapon.

Poverty, especially hunger, played a significant role in determining the degree and frequency of violence against women at home in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where 40 percent of people live below the poverty line.
-Low economic status is often used as an excuse for violence by muslims but the world is filled with societies that have no history of domestic violence among the poor. The islamic prophets example is all the justification muslims need to continue the cycle of violence.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 is “women and men united to end violence against women and girls.”
-Start by banning the koran.

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20 Comments on “Muslim women, children bear scars of acid attacks”

  1. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    In the West, an “Acid Survivors’ Foundation” might
    have a different connotation – Lucy in the Sky with
    Diamonds had nothing to do with H2SO4.

  2. teach5 Says:

    With just a little bit of education, Bably’s father would have learned that his chromosomes are the reason he has a girl and not a boy. But who needs education? As the old saying goes, if you think education’s expensive, try ignorance. ROPMA

    • Rafia Says:

      I think Julie Clothier is also in need of being educated, she is just as ignorant as the father of Bably

  3. Rafia Says:

    How dare you, say that islam is the basis for such disgusting behaviour.
    let me give you and example, if someone brought a car lets say a lamborghini and they were a very unexperienced driver, who never ever drove a car before, sits in the car and attempts to get to drive to thier destination but crashes the car due to the lack of inexperience, who would you blame. now would you fault the perfectly good car or the driver? naturally its the drivers fault not the fault of the car, which if drove by an experienced driver would most likely be perfectly fine. same way you cannot fault a religion for the behaviour of people who follow it. Such acts like acid throwing has no place in Islam, and those who are ignorant and are prejudiced need to open their eyes and stop being so narrow minded. i can find thousands of cases of people of different religious faiths committing atrocious crimes, shall i go round and fault thier relgion??? that will make everyone on this Earth inhumain as those with faith in a religion and those without have committed crimes so bad, it probabaly deserves the death sentence.

    • Mullah Lodabullah Says:

      If I was in the market for a car & the manufacturer’s handbook said that the car would behead me, or cut off my arms and legs, I would avoid that make and model.

      Here is the islamic “manufacturer’s handbook” urging its followers to strike off the heads of infidels and to maim them in every limb (Sura 8:12), and denying that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins (Sura 4:157) and so on.

      If you bought an Islamobile, Rafia, you bought a lemon. No warranty, no safety features, no brakes and a wreck waiting to happen.

      You were dudded!

      • Rafia Says:

        please read what you have to understand is that in Islam we are only allowed to be violant if its for self defence. you have just read few verses and thats it but you have to look at the context that it was said. if we are to pick and take everything literally i can find many in the Bible also.

        Regarding Jesus(phuh) he has the highest of respects from Muslims, infact so high that believe God is not so cruel to have him die a painful death, but he was taken up to the heavens, where he still remains. he has such a high status in Islam, that we believe he will free us from Dajjal, who will claim to be a messiah. In Islam evey one is responsible for his/her actions, for one person to be crucified for the sins of all humanity is not what we believe.

        • izlams not for me Says:


          Book 37, Number 4310:
          Narrated AbuHurayrah:

          The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (peace_be_upon_him). He will descent (to the earth). When you see him, recognise him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.

          In other words islams concept of Jesus or Isa will destroy all other religions except islam.

          What a lovely idea… More murder & mayhem for nothing.

        • Mullah Lodabullah Says:

          “In Islam evey one is responsible for his/her actions, for one person to be crucified for the sins of all humanity is not what we believe.”

          And that is the reason that muslims remain under the curse of sin and death and hell. No-one will be saved through his/her actions, for the Law requires perfect obedience and compliance. I am saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross – my countless sins would be enough to condemn me to hell with people like Mohammed, the false prophet of islam, who denied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as well as His deity, and took 1.x billion muslims with him.

          As far as false prophets go, Mo was the greatest! Islam is doomed, along with its followers.

          • Rafia Says:

            Every religion understands that no one is perfect. and us humans commit many sins, hence the concept of forgiveness. if religion expected people to be perfect in order to attain heaven there would be no concept of forgiveness. we would all be doomed to hell, i guess thats what cristianity believes hence the need for Jesus to be crucified.

            But fortunately Allah is forgiving and no one needs to die for another persons sin. however not all sins can be forgiven, ie crimes commited against another person (rape, murder, etc) unless you are forgiven by that person. Also in Islam, certain crimes are punishable in different ways, but you are not necessarily condemned to hell for all eternity, but punished for a certain period of time depending on your sins.

  4. izlams not for me Says:

    Rafia Says

    “i can find thousands of cases of people of different religious faiths committing atrocious crimes, shall i go round and fault thier relgion???”

    If you could you would have already done so.

    • Rafia Says:

      you just need to search and you will find many. also cz of all the negativity surrounding islam and the constants attacks against it, you will hear things like ‘a muslim man raped……’ but will rarely hear the faith mentioned if he is not a muslim so it will be ‘a man raped…..’

      Lets take Jack the ripper for example was he not the son of a Reverend? and also acid attacks are very common in India too amongst hindus. recently there was an attack in the UK on a model, the guy was not a muslim but they failed to mention his religious faith as it bears no relevance unless he is a muslim of course, then they will be sure to point that out.

  5. izlams not for me Says:

    Rafia Says:

    Lets take Jack the ripper for example was he not the son of a Reverend?

    Care to give the link for your information…?
    No one knows who Jack the ripper was let alone his religion.

    • Rafia Says:

      haha sorry you got me there, thought so was talking bout a suspect. my mistake.

      • izlams not for me Says:

        If you look up information on mass murderers and other human monsters thier usual religion was not Christianity or other types of religions they usually had no religion to speak of.

        After all was Christ a murderer, rapist and criminal of course not.

        Real Christians try to live like Christ.

  6. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    It is ending, Rafia. You reject God’s plan of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, and hope that “Allah” will forgive you.

    “Allah” is a blasphemer who denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and denies that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected. In the battle between God and “Allah”, “Allah” doesn’t stand a chance – his followers will remain under the curse of sin and death and hell … forever.

    You were dudded!

    • Rafia Says:

      It is not Allah who is a blasphemer, but those who compare him and personify him. Jesus is not the son of God, but his creation as we all are, and hence we can all be seen as the children of God but not literally as you all believe Jesus to be.

      For us Allah and God are the same, it is the downfall of Christians that they have changed the teachings, and disrespect God.

      it is not I who were dudded but you, and i hope that one day you will see the truth.

      • Mullah Lodabullah Says:

        “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
        (John 3:16 – Holy Bible)

        “… allah forbid that he should have a son!”
        (Sura 4:171 – blasphemous koran)

        Choose life, Rafia, while you still can!

        Islam is doomed, along with its false prophet and those who follow him.

  7. izlams not for me Says:


    The Confusion of Islam regarding the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

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