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Now, Pak men face acid attacks from women

world Updated: May 13, 2012 00:49 IST

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Using acid as a weapon to disfigure women has become a worrying trend in Pakistan. But now the tables seem to have been turned on them and Pakistani men are reported to be facing the brunt of "revenge attacks" launched by women.

Over 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, the Daily Mail reported citing the Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organisation.

The government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks. Convicts would serve at least 14 years in jail.

Pakistan - a traditionally patriarchal society - has seen a sudden and mysterious rise in acid attacks being carried out against men by women, the daily said.

One 24-year-old victim, Sheikh Mohammad Noman, said his wife threw acid on him in a "revenge attack" when he refused to give her a divorce after she left him for her ex-husband, CNN reported.

"She said, 'I've got something for you, please forgive me'. As soon as I turned around shew threw acid on me. The pain of the acid is still there, but my heart aches too because I loved her and this is what she give to me in return," the man said.

The report said the rise in attacks on men emerged following the suicide of a Pakistani woman who was scarred in an acid attack more than a decade ago.

In March, 33-year-old former dancing girl Fakhra Younus leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome, 12 years after the attack. This year, Pakistani woman filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first from her country to win an Oscar for the best documentary for "Saving Face", about acid attacks on women.