Pakistan News/Islamabad: A Pakistani Oscar winner 2012 Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy start fight against Acid Crime, she hoping that her documentary about survivors of acid attacks cam help eliminate a crime that blemishes hundreds of women in every year.
Pictures of 33-year-old Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy collecting her award in the short documentary category were splashed across newspapers as editors fell over themselves to praise the young woman.
Her film “Saving Face” follows victims as they struggle to recover and bring their attackers to justice, and shows the work of British Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad Jawad, who helps restore their faces and lives.
Acid attacks are among the worst forms of domestic violence in Pakistan and mostly directed at women, who are too often classified as second-class citizens. Victims are disfigured for life and ostracized by society.
The teams behind the documentary are using their website to launch a campaign raising awareness about the attacks, inflicted on around 200 women each year in Pakistan, and to strengthen legislation against the violence.
“The film must be more than an expose of horrendous crimes, it must be a recipe for addressing the problem and a hope for the future,” co-director Daniel Junge said.
She said new efforts in 2012 needed to focus on overcoming challenges of investigation, difficulties at trial, helping the state provide rehabilitation services and establishing a board to develop funding and to act as monitors.
She praised the film for focusing not only on Pakistan’s struggle, but the achievements of citizens, survivors, lawyers, activists and parliamentarians in helping to curb the menace, which she said set an example to other countries.
The need to do more was reflected in some of the press coverage, which was overwhelmingly jubilant about Obaid-Chinoy’s success.
“Pakistan is reportedly the third-most dangerous country in the world for women after Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” it said.