A Pakistani woman opposed her husband’s second marriage so he killed her. Waiting until she fell asleep with their little daughter, he and his sister threw acid on both of them. Sonia, the child, is hospitalized. Her mother, Rozina, lived for a day after being admitted to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital.
Her case is not unusual.There are not any accurate nationwide figures, though. Between 1994 and 1999 almost 4,000 burn cases were documented. Few of the women survive and those that do live a scarred, pain-filled and diminished existence.
Humaira Awais Shahid, a woman elected to Pakistan’s Punjab provincial assembly gives an account of the problem:
|According to my rough estimates, there has been a 200 percent increase in this. The reasons are: because it’s a copy-cat crime – every man that finds out about this must say to himself: “This is easy. All I have to do is buy a bottle of acid for Rs. 25 [US $0.45] and just throw it.” Now it’s being used against men also and children.|
|Again, there is no clear legislation on this. It’s covered by an ordinance known as the Qisas and Diyat Ordinance where the punishment accorded has to be proportionate to the wounds given: you know, a hand for a hand, an eye for an eye.|
|Now, acid crime victims die very slowly – over eight to ten days, even for those with 80 percent burns. So within those eight days, the perpetrator can just apply for bail and get it and vanish, because the Pakistan Penal Code sections 302 (attempted murder) and 307 (murder) do not apply to it.|
Somehow, I don’t think legislation is going to cure this, but it’s a beginning. Where are the American feminists on this? Too busy having a case of the vapors over someone suggesting that men might have a general genetic advantage in math?
In the late ’80s someone wrote a book on domestic violence in America. One chapter was entitled “Because He Can,” which was the answer to an inquiry, “Why would a man do this?” What happens in any culture, whether that behavior is strictly lawful or not, is indicative of the overall health of its citizens.
hat tip: Jihad Watch