A group of Afghan girls walking to school were sprayed with battery acid by two men on motorcycles Wednesday. The attack, which blinded at least two of the victims, took place outside of the Mirwais Nika Girls High School in the southern city of Kandahar.
It is speculated that the Taliban is behind these attacks, but according to Al Jazeera the Taliban has denied involvement.
One of the girls, 16-year-old Atifa, told the BBC that "we were going to school on foot when two unknown people on a motorcycle came close to us and threw acid in our facesÖI want to ask the government why they cannot protect us, we girls want to study but the government is not helping us." She went on to say "I don't know why they did it. Kandahar is not safe, but we canít stay at home, we want an education."
Afghan girls were forbidden to attend school during the Taliban regime. Even now, a third of Afghan schools serve only boys. Only 28 percent of teachers in Afghanistan are female, making schools accessible to few Afghan girls. Low enrollment of girls is in part because of work, early marriages, and attacks on schools by militant extremists, according to the AFP
Media Resources: Al Jazeera 11/12/08; Feminist Daily Newswire 4/28/08; BBC 11/12/08; AFP 4/21/08
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .