These photos show what happens to real women who wear the Islamic Veil. The photos depict horrifying hate and the unbearable suffering it inflicts upon female innocents. The photos were taken by Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press. The text is based on work done by Nicholas Kristofâ€”one of the few people at the New York Times whose work I am proud to quote. You may find them HERE. (Thanks to Yehuda for calling this to my attention).
What are we seeing?
The Arabization or the Saudi-ization of Muslims in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan is the hidden hand behind these acid attacks upon women. These poor girls and women have had their lives ruined; some have been forced to undergo surgery 20-30 times in order that they may see a little, or breathe a bit, hear something, perhaps in order to eat or make themselves understood. They look likeâ€¦monsters. That was what their attackers wanted to accomplish. To render their faces into self-portraits of their attackers.
Why was acid thrown into their faces? The main reasons are because they dared to reject someone in marriage or because they wanted a divorce. The â€œjiltedâ€ suitors (or husbands) took their revenge in this fashion. If he canâ€™t have her, no man will; I will make sure that no man will ever want her.â€ One young girl was gang-raped aftger which her rapists threw acid on her face. Another committed the â€œcrimeâ€ of disappointing her father by being born female, not male. Many were disfigured as a result of a â€œfamily dispute.â€