Acid attacks on the rise: Sharmeen Obaid's documentary-making skills needed in the West

02:05 PM | 2 Mar, 2016
Acid attacks on the rise: Sharmeen Obaid's documentary-making skills needed in the West
While the South Asia remains on top of the list for acid attacks against women and a documentary by Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Saving Face, which featured the acid throwing cases from Pakistan also won an Oscar award in 2012; Britain has also alarmingly witnessed over 100 such cases in 2015.

"The number of acid throwing attacks has doubled in last one decade and dozens of victim women continue to live a life where they are unable to recongnise their own faces in mirror," the Mirror said in a report.

What is the possible reason behind this rising number? The forensic consultant psychologist Ian Stephen, who also inspired production of crime series Cracker, argues that acid attacks are mainly related to cultural honour crimes and gang violence, and sometimes acts of jealousy committed by ex-partners or rejected lovers.

Ian Stephen continues that the acts of acid throwing a clear indication that attackers do not want the victim to die but they want to witness their suffering instead. Women are soft target of acid throwing and attackers have been hiring hit-men to execute such activities, the psychologist added.

"The destruction of victim's face is a typical target which is far more dangerous and condemnable than any other physical attacks, but still the substances used in such attacks are readily available everywhere," Ian said while arguing that any punishment awarded by the court cannot the compensate the suffering which the victims undergo their whole remaining life.

Azra (the 24-year-old girl given a hypothetical name), who is one of the acid attack victims, narrated the tragedy she underwent as saying that her own brother threw acid at her face when she attempted to report to police about being sexually abused by him as a child.

Her brother came to her house with a bottle and three sulfuric acid at her face, neck and chest; which resulted in severe burns at her vital body parts.  She was taken to hospital for treatment but never approached law enforcement authorities to registera legal complaint against her brother.

An now even two years after the attack, Azra continues to live a life full of sufferings. She is unable to reveal her scares to anyone except her sister and two close friends.

Talking about her brother, Azra said that revealing his crime will be nothing fruitful and additionally his family, wife and kids will be destroyed however I still feel sorry that he did this to me.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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