Depilex Smileagain Foundation – Acid & Kerosene Burning is a Gender Specific Crime
- Young girls and women between the ages of 14 to 25 are the common victims of this crime
- Motives vary but are most frequently obsession, jealousy, suspected infidelity, failure to give dowry, husband wanting to re-marry, sexual non-cooperation, enmity.
- Acid is the most common corrosive used. Both acid and kerosene are easily available in Pakistan.
- The face and genitalia are the area’s most generally targeted, those guaranteeing complete disfiguration.
- Mortality rate is low. However, survival is considered by victims to be a fate worse than death.
- This crime has long term repercussions. It comprises physical disfiguration and often immobility and psychological complications.
Depilex Smileagain Foundation – Physical Damage Caused By Acid/Kerosene Burns
- Permanent disfiguration of the area which comes in contact with the acid: mouth, nose, eyes, ears, entire face, neck, torso, genitalia.
- In some cases loss of sight, hearing, speech and mobility where acid fuses body parts together.
- Death in some extreme cases.
Depilex Smileagain Foundation – Psychological Damage
- Social ostracism
- Acute depression
- Personality disintegration
- Victims are stripped of self esteem, self respect
- Pessimism about any good intention