Matters of the heart are anything but simple because love is such a powerful emotion. As a relationship examiner I am tasked with discussing different questions as they relate to the topic of relationships; however, in lieu of a wonderful achievement last night, I must digress to cover a rarely discussed relationship topic: the acid attacks of women in Pakistan. 33 year old Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award Sunday night for Best Short Documentary. The work she co-directed, “Saving Face” portrays a horrendous act that occurs as often in Pakistan as the average American uses a vending machine in a year. Krumboltz (2012) reports every year over 100 women have acid thrown in their faces arousing physical and emotional desolation. Additionally, in 2010 at least 8,000 incidents of violence against women were reported in Pakistan.
Thanks to rights made possible by our constitution as well as the advances inspired by the Feminist movement, women’s rights in this country are so much better than the rights of women in Pakistan. In that country women can still be forced to marry someone they do not love, and then see that same person or perhaps even someone they do love and trust throw acid on their face in a fit of rage, revenge, or jealousy. Imagine living a life with a burned and disfigured face, imagine having your children taken from you, and imagine the pain, helplessness, and isolation you might feel. This is the very thing “Saving Face” addresses but it also has a touch of hope. It follows the lives of two victims as well as a plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his native country to help acid victims with reconstructive surgery (Krumboltz, 2012).
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy encouraged the victims of this harsh reality in her homeland not to give up on their dreams in her acceptance speech. Indeed her work will help to raise even more awareness about this crime upon humanity and hopefully will help to usher in a better and brighter day for the women in Pakistan who deserve to live a life of dignity, love and respect just as well as anyone else. “Saving Face” premieres on HBO March 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm EST. It is definitely worth watching. In the meantime, please go to the video attached to the article to see a brief report on the acid throwing.
Krumboltz, M. 2012, February 27. “‘Saving Face’ Documentary Shines Light on Acid Attacks.” Retrieved February 27, 2012 from http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/oscars/saving-face-documentary-shines-light-acid-attacks-212535565.html
The average American uses vending machines 117 times a year, many of them at work. Retrieved February 27, 2012 from http://www.987kisscountry.com/morningshowtrivia.p