Acid Attacks – Violence Against Women: Day 3

Violence Against Women Awareness Month #VAWM – Day 3: Subject – Acid Attacks.
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Vitriol. From school (first two benches) – acid. Literature too. Corrosive. Vitriolage – corroding with acid. Corroding skin, that is.
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Acid throwing is a form of violent assault defined as acid on the body of a person “to injure or disfigure one out of jealousy or revenge”.
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Kharar acid attack victim”s 18-day battle for life ends bit.ly/qlltRB #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Acid attacks: Payback – 6 witnesses for accused attacked with acid http://bit.ly/rsYiKY #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Kharar acid attack victim”s 18-day battle for life ends http://bit.ly/nrTFVl #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Sept 20, Swastika (25) Sundernagar HP main victim of the acid attack at Daun, Kharar(Sept 1), succumbed to her burn injuries at the PGI
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
The long term consequences of #acidattacks include blindness and permanent scarring of the face and body. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
#acidattacks #VAWAM RT @satyavrata9: @Vidyut Hi, hope all good, there is a long history of acid attacks in pak… (cont) http://deck.ly/~JX6Ok
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Panchayati Raj has helped in reporting of crimes against women http://wp.me/p1Dan7-1p
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
The chemical agents most commonly used to commit #acidattacks are hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
@VAWMonth Acid Prevention Law in Pakistan http://bit.ly/f8lwAg My post on Acid Prevention Law.
nighatdad
October 2, 2011
RT @VAWMonth: Don’t be willing to adjust http://wp.me/p1Dan7-1s
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Many think #acidattacks are a cosmetic loss only. Not true. Acid DISSOLVES tissues – blindness, difficult to heal wounds, even bones #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
The loss is psychological too. To see orthers recoil in revulsion, their identity be eclipsed by their disfigurement. #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
#acidattacks are easy to carry out. Acid is widely and cheaply available. Throwing it is all it takes in skill. And tough to defend. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Few know much about what to do in case of an #acidattack – Doctors on my TL – any first aid advice for #acidattacks? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
@Vidyut what abt the emotional scar left which is far more difficult to heal than the physical scars. victims would need yrs of rehabilation
cool_bobo
October 2, 2011
Bilkis Bano | Stree Shakti http://wp.me/p1Dan7-O
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Treatment of #acidattacks can be complicated and expensive. Serious wounds that are difficult to close. Missing tissue (dissolved) #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
We will have @dremtee spending some time with us later in the day to share what he knows. He is a doctor. #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
The following tweets on acid violence against women are drawn from this document: http://t.co/BA5j5nbJ
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Acid violence involves intentional acts of violence in which perpetrators throw, spray, or pour acid onto victims” faces and bodies. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Acid violence is prevalent …because of 3 related factors: gender inequality & discrimination, easy availabil… (cont) http://deck.ly/~Fb7Ku
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Bangladesh is the only country among the 3 countries studied (India, Cambodia, Bangladesh) to adopt specifi… (cont) http://deck.ly/~6L3KR
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Since B’desh adopted those laws, acid violence decreased by 15% to 20% each year, while acid attacks continue to rise in Cambodia & India.
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
A search of Indian newspapers found 153 reported cases of acid violence from January 2002 to October 2010.
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Perpetrators usually attack victims with hydrochloric, sulfuric, or nitric acid, which quickly burns through flesh and bone. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Short-term effects include immense physical pain.. long-term effects can include blindness, loss of facial fea… (cont) http://deck.ly/~I17PJ
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Acid attacks occur at high rates in India because the acid used to perpetrate attacks is cheap & easily available. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Many acid violence survivors must undergo numerous complicated surgical procedures. These medical procedure… (cont) http://deck.ly/~3VFcS
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
The Campaign & Struggle Against Acid Attacks on Women (CSAAAW) found 68 reported acid attacks between 1999 &2008 in Karnataka alone. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
India”s penal code does not allow for adequate criminal punishments for perpetrators of acid attacks. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
There are no laws that are specifically aimed at reducing the availability of acid to deter acid attackers in India. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Anyone can legally purchase acid over the counter in pharmacies, automobile repair shops, goldsmith shops, and open-air markets. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
One student reported that she was attacked with acid at a busy bus stop by a boy whose marriage proposals & advances she had rejected #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Attacks can be easily perpetrated in public places for a number of reasons. Acid does not look like a weapon… (cont) http://deck.ly/~mmnOk
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Perpetrators often intend to destroy what society considers to be one of the most valuable traits of a woman–her beauty. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
The perpetrators mean to “punish” women for being “proud” of their attractive features. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
In one acid attack case, the perpetrator received a mere 7-year prison sentence and a Rs. 5,000 ($100 USD) fin… (cont) http://deck.ly/~N0m6g
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Victims in India report that, immediately prior to their attacks, the attacker said that if he could not posse… (cont) http://deck.ly/~B1C6m
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Higher penalties seem to have had a deterrent effect on acid violence in Karnataka. After the case in which … (cont) http://deck.ly/~4z475
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
Both the Law Commission and NCW bills propose increasing fines against acid violence perpetrators. The Law Com… (cont) http://deck.ly/~aesCV
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
The Law Commission draft suggests that any fine collected should be given directly to the acid attack victim. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
According to CSAAAW, in the State of Karnataka, India, hospitals denied admission to 80% of the acid attack victims they studied. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 2, 2011
@VAWMonth An inspirational story of life after an ACID attack – http://www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/meet-katie/ #vaw awareness month #DV
cctheatreco
October 2, 2011
In South Asia, #acidattacks have been used as revenge for refusal of sexual advances, proposals of marriage and demands for dowry. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 2, 2011
Sep 1: Punjab India: girl seriously injured in acid attack by unidentified youth in motorcycles. http://www.maps4aid.com/reports/view/263 @VAWMonth #VAWAM
maps4aid
October 2, 2011
Jul 27: Women’s Court slaps 10 years RI on Chennai-based driver for flinging acid on estranged girl friend http://www.maps4aid.com/reports/view/109 @VAWMonth
maps4aid
October 2, 2011
#acidattacks often target faces, burning them, and damaging skin tissue, often exposing and sometimes dissolving the bones. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Apart from the physical damage to her appearance, acid attack victims have to deal with social ostracism, rejection and ridicule. #VAWAM
VAWMonth
October 3, 2011
From what I hear, acid from a car battery can cause permanent scarring and blindness if it gets in the eye @ikaveri #VAWAM #acidattacks
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
But we can also ask doctors/others who may know more clearly – How much damage does car battery acid do? @ikaveri #VAWAM #acidattacks
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
My point is, there should be a ban on procurement of concentrated acids. People who provide them should be prosecuted. #acidattacks @Vidyut
ikaveri
October 3, 2011
There are uses of acid – tough to ban. Like fertilizer bombs (ammonium nitrate) or caustic soda (making soap) @ikaveri #VAWAM #acidattacks
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
But @ikaveri has a point. If not ban, there can be ways of restricting/reducing access. Or less dangerous alternatives. #VAWAM #acidattacks
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
@Vidyut Acid attack or “Vitriolage” is dangerous for eyes,true.The first-aid is most important.Constant splashing with cold water.@ikaveri
abir_sanyal
October 3, 2011
“not practical to ban acids, but can be licensed. acid attack should be punished same status as murder.” via @JagPaws #VAWAM #acidattacks
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM #acidattacks RT @Stupidosaur: @ikaveri Besides, anyone with basic college science education could make some no? @Vidyut
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
@Vidyut Impossible to ban,rather.A country’s consumption of Sulphuric acid,reflects industrial turn-over.The car-batt acid is 32%Sulphuric A
abir_sanyal
October 3, 2011
Car battery has the strongest acid available freely. RT@Vidyut But – How much damage does car battery acid do? @ikaveri #VAWAM #acidattacks
dremtee
October 3, 2011
Welcoming @dremtee with us to share what occurs to him about #accidattack. he is a doctor. Feel free to ask questions. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
If someone witnesses an #acidattack, what kind of #firstaid should be provided? @dremtee #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
‘@Vidyut First is not to panic and get involved in secondary accidents to yourself. Acids harms ion two ways #acidattack #firstaid #VAWAM
dremtee
October 3, 2011
‘@Vidyut Fumes will kill. So having acid proof gloved yourself remove the individual to ventilated location.#acidattack #firstaid #VAWAM
dremtee
October 3, 2011
‘@Vidyut Acids affects slowly. And may seep through skin, So if you dont see anything on skin it doesnot mea… (cont) http://deck.ly/~Jbjhh
dremtee
October 3, 2011
What kind of damage is common after an #acidattack and what support is available to victims? @dremtee #acidattack #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#acidattack #VAWAM Personally I am as scared if not more of Alkali’s.
dremtee
October 3, 2011
@dremtee you can talk about that too. They are similar in style, no? #acidattack #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
‘@Vidyut Unfortunately face is most used and available target. Cornea is the most vulnerable part Ear damage can occur on#acidattack #VAWAM
dremtee
October 3, 2011
‘@Vidyut Chemical burn burns the tissues without heat. Effects may be obvious after a time. Inhalation cause… (cont) http://deck.ly/~It6Kp
dremtee
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM #acidattack Bangladesh is a country which legislated Death Penalty for Acid attacks. In Pak acid is poured in eyes of Perpetrator.
dremtee
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM Dilution / removal of the chemical is an experts job and best left to them. As a thumb rule water is best, and first hour critical
dremtee
October 3, 2011
What kind of treatment in #acidattack is commonly needed, how expensive is it? How often can disfigurement be repaired? #VAWAM @dremtee
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
@dremtee obviously it will vary from case to case, but for tweeple to get an idea of what can be involved.
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
1Not much 2. Very 3. Permanent, RT @Vidyut: What kind of treatment in #1acidattack , how 2 expensive is it? cn 3 disfigurement be repaired?
dremtee
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM #acidattack http://bit.ly/nPDapx Rinse for at least 20 minutes. Repeat SOS if the area still experiences a burning sensation.
dremtee
October 3, 2011
@dremtee i saw a docu about female victims of acid attack in pakistan, they were rehabilitated by a grp were given job in beauty parlours
bhartendu2206
October 3, 2011
Acid Attacks: Disfigured faces cannot disguise Beauty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vVe0ywEO-A #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Not powerless women http://bit.ly/pzt3By #AcidAttack On BJP Women’s Wing Leader In Uttarakhand, Daughter Dies Of Shock #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#acidattack #VAWAM RT @bhartendu2206: @dremtee sequelae cud be sight threatening, from vascularisation of corn… (cont) http://deck.ly/~oTc5K
dremtee
October 3, 2011
RT @bhartendu2206: Very impt 2 prevent such injuries especially students /workers working in labs and factories, protective eye gear must
dremtee
October 3, 2011
#acidattack #VAWAM RT @dremtee: RT @bhartendu2206: even an innocuous looking acid injury may prove detrimenta… (cont) http://deck.ly/~OeRAq
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM RT @bhartendu2206: w/ stem cell transplant laden over amniotic membrane transplant, there is a new hope 4 corneal blind eyes.
dremtee
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM Grade 1 – A white burn mark and/or erythema and pain Grade 2 – A white burn mark and/or erythema an… (cont) http://deck.ly/~222bQ
dremtee
October 3, 2011
@dremtee centers who have multidisciplinary approach 2 the eye r best suited for such unfortunate patients, rx need long tt, money, patience
bhartendu2206
October 3, 2011
“Such people need society more than doctors to help / cure /obviation.” ~ @dremtee
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Acid Attack and Burns First Aid http://bit.ly/oHDZmq via @nelsonnium
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Thank you very much @dremtee for spending time with us and providing your perspective on #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM Helping Pakistan’s #acidattack victims http://youtu.be/MUhoKpRG62Q Scores of women in Pakistan are seve… (cont) http://deck.ly/~Ya6I9
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM New face for #acidattack model http://youtu.be/Bjhbvl6_B_g A model who survived an acid attack has had pioneering surgery to rebui…
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Concern expressed over acid throwing incidents http://bit.ly/qX9RCz #acidattack #VAWAM #Pakistan 26th Sept 2011
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM #Acidattack victim, “Susan” rises up to new challenges http://youtu.be/b8X_c5YF34Q
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM How an #acidattack happens – caught on CCTV: http://youtu.be/DsGxuzpFxgc
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Inclusion of #AcidAttacks as SpecificOffences in IPC & law for Compensation for Victims http://bit.ly/nmcbpc #VAWAM < What happened of this?
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
The document in the previous tweet is a #mustread for anyone who cares about #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM RT @UkKatherine: Here is a link to the full #Oxfam report … #Afghan #women must have a voice http://bit.ly/qHPZ1O
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Acid attacks and rape: growing threat to women who oppose traditional order http://bit.ly/qrFBkq 2008 Guardian #acidattacks #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
@Vidyut #acidattack isn’t spontaneous always. Comes post harassment, hounding, threatening. Seek police support at early stage. #VAWAM
WordOfTheFree
October 3, 2011
Considering the permanent physical and psychological damage the punishment for #acidattacks should be on par with premediated murder. #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
‘@WordOfTheFree brought up an important point – #acidattack is not spontaneous. Planned. Can alertness prevent? reporting stalking? #VAWAM
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Also #VAWAM RT @sonaliranade: When at war, what matters is not how your enemy treat you, but how your friends come to your aid.
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
One of the major problems of Acid Attacks is that it dissolves membranes with risk flooding of mucus in eyes and mouth causing asphyxia#VAW
RajeevRoark
October 3, 2011
RT @sonaliranade: @Vidyut Stalking is where you catch potential perpetrators of #AcidAttacks.
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Violence Against Women Awareness Month #VAWAM – Day 3: Subject – Acid Attacks. Done for today.
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
Big thanks to everyone reaching out, spreading the word, RTing, replying.
Vidyut
October 3, 2011
#VAWAM Tomorrow (Day 4 – 4th Oct) we speak about Mental and Emotional Violence as a part of Violence Against Women Awareness Month #MEV
Vidyut
October 3, 2011

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