Acid, the new weapon for disfiguring women

Acid Women
By Nozrul Islam

Dhaka (AsiaNews) – Women in Bangladesh suffer marginalization. And the violence against them, at home and outside, continues to grow. Recently, a new weapon has been added: acid, which disfigures their faces and bodies.

Parul’s husband is 30 years old. In 2000, he disfigured her by throwing acid into her face, because her relatives had not paid the agreed dowry. The victim’s mother presented a charge a few months ago, because until then she was unable to leave her daughter’s side, who was always in various hospitals. The husband – who everyone knows to be guilty – is a free man.

Nasima has an 11-year-old mentally retarded daughter who was raped. She accused the attackers two years ago, and since then she has received continual threats. An acid attack left her torso and back devastated. Now she promises that she will not charge her daughter’s attackers, and will withdraw her previous accusation.

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