Sima Afshar, 25, became victim of an acid attack in the Central Park of Dehdasht, in Kohgiluyeh (western Iran) on September 21, 2015.
Due to severity of injuries, she was taken to the special burns hospital in Ahwaz, but shortage of facilities and lack of proper care compelled Sima’s brother to take her to Tehran for better treatment and surgery.
The woman who had splashed acid on Sima was released on bail, shortly afterwards, a measure that has outraged Sima’s family. Her sister said in protest, “If law does not deal with this incident, such behavior will become institutionalized and the message to people is this: nothing can be done to counter acid attacks.”
It should be noted that none of the criminals who previously carried out acid attacks on women have been arrested and punished so far. This time, the attacker is released, despite being identified and arrested. Apparently, the law enforcement authorities in Iran have not received instructions to punish these dangerous criminals who carry out one of the worst forms of violence against women.