Acid at­tacks – the facts

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Around 1,500 acid at­tacks are re­ported glob­ally each year, 80 per cent of them on women, ac­cord­ing to the Lon­don-based char­ity Acid Sur­vivors Trust In­ter­na­tional (ASTI). The fig­ures could be a gross un­der­es­ti­mate as most vic­tims are too scared to speak out. Many at­tacks go un­re­ported and un­doc­u­mented. Acid at­tacks are most com­mon in Cam­bo­dia, Bangladesh, Pak­istan, Afghanistan and In­dia, where so­cial struc­tures re­main deeply pa­tri­ar­chal. The causes of acid at­tacks in In­dia in­clude do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, dowry de­mands, mar­i­tal re­jec­tions and sus­pi­cions of in­fi­delity. ASTI pro­vides fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal sup­port through ex­pert vol­un­teers – plas­tic sur­geons, burns spe­cial­ist and phys­i­cal ther­a­pists, nurses and coun­sel­lors train lo­cal med­i­cal and psy­cho-so­cial prac­ti­tion­ers to pro­vide vic­tims with spe­cial­ist care. For more in­for­ma­tion log on to www.acid­vi­o­lence.org

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