Jilted Bangladesh men are using acid against women who dare to say no. Acid has become a common weapon against women in this country, where destroying a girls face appears an acceptable way to get even.

The police say 180 women were burnt in attacks with sulfuric and hydrochloric acid last year alone. The offenders throw acid to destroy the faces of women and shatter their dreams for not allowing the criminals to abuse them physically, or for the women's inability to bring handsome dowry from their parents.


A five year old Sudanese girl lies on a bed as she undergoes the procedure known as female genital mutilation. In this procedure, performed without anaesthesia, a girl's external sexual organs are partially or totally cut away. Female Genital Mutilation has been performed on 82 per cent of Sudanese women.

Up to 114 million girls and women in more than 30 countries have been subjected to female genital mutilation.

It is commonly attributed to religious edict.

It is estimated that untrained traditional birth attendants perform two thirds of the procedures. They typically have limited knowledge of health and hygiene and often use inadequately cleaned traditional instruments. Side effects include trauma, bleeding and haemorrhage; pain, stress and shock; infections (which can be fatal); painful and difficult sexual relations; obstructed labour and difficult childbirth; and psychological trauma.

The practice was declared illegal in the Sudan in 1941, but that did little to stop it. About 90 per cent of northern Sudanese women have had it done.


About 25 women are killed every year in Jordan, usually by their brothers or fathers, on suspicion of having illicit sexual relations. A mere rumour of misconduct is often enough to spark a murder. According to human rights activists, women can be murdered by their brothers for as little as having a secret tryst or even receiving a phone call from a young man.


In South Africa a women is raped on average every 17 seconds.

Up to 20 % of women in the US experience rape at least once in their life.

In Canada it is estimated at least 40 % of women will be raped at least once in their lifetime.

Human Trafficking

The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (also referred to as the Palermo Protocol) is a protocol to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and defines human trafficking as the "recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation." As at September 2008, the Protocol has been signed by 117 countries, and there are 124 parties. The Council of Europe states, "People trafficking has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion".

United States Rape Statistics

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Date Rape Drugs

Profile of a Rapist

Profile of an Abuser

Human Rights Quotes

The Rape Of Nanking

Rape Of Nanjing

Japanese War Sex Slaves


Paralumun New Age Village

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