Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Governments are finally cracking down on this brutal form of attack.

A teenage Indian girl was admitted to a hospital after her former boyfriend forced her to drink acid. The crime occurred in the coastal city of Mumbai. After the acid attack, he attempted to push her into the sea.

About 90 percent of acid attack victims are women and children.

About 90 percent of acid attack victims are women and children.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/22/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: acid, india, attack, acid survivor's trust international


MUMBAI, INDIA (Catholic Online) - An Indian teenager appears to have survived an especially cruel acid attack, perpetrated by a jilted ex-boyfriend. The 18-year-old victim was brutally attacked by her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend. She became a target after her family did not approve of his marriage proposal.

The angry young man had been parted from her for a few months previously before he persuaded her to meet him on the beach in the coastal city of Mumbai on Saturday. The assignation turned to violence when he allegedly forced her to drink acid, pouring some of it down her throat. He then attempted to push her into the sea.

The girl screamed and another person who was nearby came to her immediate rescue, apprehending the young man who was promptly handed over to police.

The girl suffered severe acid burns to her face, lips and tongue.

There are perhaps thousands of acid attacks each year in Southeast Asia with the London-based charity, Acid Survivors Trust International saying the majority of victims are women and children. There are at least 1,500 reported attacks each year and perhaps thousands more that go unreported out of shame.

Acid, which is used in processing cotton and rubber, is readily available in many parts of the world. Other acids can be used. Acid attacks have occurred on every continent. They are typically the result of jealously as former love interestsĀ attempt to scar their victims for life as a means of destroying them financially and socially.

About 90 percent of the victims are female. In countries without comprehensive healthcare or social services, many victims are unable to marry and unable to work. They are sentenced to a life of extreme poverty in addition to their handicap and disfigurement. For many victims who cannot come to terms with the damage, it is close to a living form of death. Social rejection of victims is common.

To combat the epidemic, many countries have passed acid-specific laws and punish the crimes aggressively. However, as long as a culture of patriarchy and shame exists, and powerful acids such as nitric or sulphuric acids remain easily obtainable, the attacks are likely to continue.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

China prepares long-range NUCLEAR WARHEAD in battle for South China Sea Watch

Image of China tested their DF-41 missile (globalsecurity).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China continues to test the limits of its DF-41 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile as tensions rise between the country and the U.S. over the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Free Beacon, Pentagon officials reported the ... continue reading


God's Intervention? Baby girl incredibly survives devastating Japan earthquake Watch

Image of Rescuers discover 8-month-old baby in the rubble of a crumbled building (BBC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, nine have been reported dead and over 800 people suffered injuries - but God ensured the safety of one blessed little girl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to NBC News, an 8-month-old girl was sleeping peacefully when ... continue reading


No more Christmas in Nepal? Watch

Image of Nepal says no more Christmas.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nepal first recognized Christmas as a national holiday eight years ago, but the 2015 Christmas celebration will be its last. Nepali government officials announced Christmas is no longer recognized as a national holiday, prompting the Christian minority to rise together ... continue reading


'This Christian nursing home is not a place for religious activities': Christians victims of persecution Watch

Image of China destroys thousands of crucifixes to effort to eradicate Christianity (ChinaAid).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China's government has destroyed over 1,500 crucifixes in Zhejiang province, China as part of a plan to eradicate the Christian communities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christianity is spreading across China, leading the communist government to grow upset over ... continue reading


We DON'T know it all! Discovery proves Silk Road reached farther than believed Watch

Image of The Silk Road ended with the arrival of sailing ships and modern transportation, but it's mystique still captures the imagination and intrigues historians who appreciate its impact on the development of modern civilization.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A well-known ancient trade network may have stretched much father than previously believed according to new evidence discovered in Nepal. Chinese-made objects in a 1,600 year-old tomb suggests the Silk Road may have extended south into Nepal. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


'We are horrified at this Easter attack, and the tragic loss of life': Easter bombing kills at least 70 Watch

Image of The Easter bombing in Pakistan shocked the world (AFP).

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

Religious freedom advocates have condemned the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 70, while insisting upon reform within the country to prevent future such attacks. Lahore, Pakistan (CNA/EWTN News) -  "We are horrified at this Easter attack, ... continue reading


Garbage mafia may be behind 18-story landfill fire Watch

Image of India's trash crisis has reached new heights (Express).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The people of Mumbai are currently suffering the effects of smoke inhalation after an 18-story-high trash-filled landfill burst into flames. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -  India's garbage crisis required 100 firemen, twelve fire engines and 8 tankers to ... continue reading


FIND OUT NOW: What do GMOs have to do with farmer suicides? Watch

Image of Indian farmers who fall into too much debt often commit suicide (Vijay Bedi).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

What should you do when farmers are given illegal genetically modified (GM) seeds to sow? Apparently the answer is to purchase the crops at a drastically reduced price to teach the biotech company a lesson while simultaneously forcing farmers into debt-related suicide. ... continue reading


ISIS crawls across Asia as the Filipino government continues to deny the extremist's presence Watch

Image of ISIS continues to influence people across Asia (Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

ISIS propaganda videos continue to draw Muslim converts to the militant extremist group across Asia, including the Philippines and Indonesia. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since ISIS appeared in the Philippines in December last year, the extremist group has done ... continue reading


16-year-old girl tragically raped, beaten and burned on parent's rooftop Watch

Image of The girl's sister was inconsolable during the funeral (AFP/Getty Images).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A 16-year-old girl was stalked and eventually lured to the terrace of her home one night, where she was brutally attacked beneath the cover of darkness. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, the girl's attacker was a 19-year-old man, who left her ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • LISTEN NOW: Benedictine nuns release new album
  • 5 tips for Catholics to stay positive
  • Daily Readings for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Day for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • Why are these transparent wires being put up in cities around the world?
  • Daily Reading for Sunday, May 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • A Marriage Blessing Prayer HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21
7 and after a long discussion, Peter stood up and addressed them. 'My ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!2 ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:9-11
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 28th, 2016 Image

St. Peter Chanel
April 28: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day ... Read More