In a shared WhatsApp message, someone claimed six women faced acid attacks in one day.
Rabat – Reports that several women in Morocco have been attacked with acid are false, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) stated in a press release.
In a broadly shared audio on the WhatsApp messaging app, a woman claimed that “six cases of acid throwing against women were reported in one day. They were victims of offenders posing as beggars on the roads.”
The DGSN opened an investigation into the allegations to counteract any negative impact on the population’s sense of security, particularly among women.
The DGSN found no complaints of acid attacks as described in the audio recording.
Police consulted the radio station that was said to be the source of the audio, but the station denied that it had ever published any audio material or information of the kind. The investigation is ongoing.
According to Acid Survivors Trust International, 1,500 recorded attacks occur every year, and over half of acid attacks go unreported each year. Women account for 80 percent of the victims of acid attacks. Acid attacks are more common in South Asia.