3 Afghan Girls Hit With Acid on Way to School 'This is the punishment,' says one attacker By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jul 4, 2015 10:00 AM CDT 47 comments Comments A file photo of Afghan girls. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) (Newser) – Another grisly reminder of the dangers girls in Afghanistan face for the simple act of going to school. Two men on a motorcycle threw acid on the faces of three girls, ages 16 to 18, as they walked to school today in Herat province, reports CNN. "This is the punishment for going to school," said one, a quote relayed by the head of the local hospital. It's not clear how extensive the injuries are, but two of the girls were in critical condition. Police say they're on the case, but that might not mean much: It turns out that most of the attackers of Malala Yousafzai went free after trial.