Via The Guardian (disturbing photos on the landing page):
Seventeen-year-old Neela Khatunis is one of more than 2,700 victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh over the past 10 years. ‘My husband was angry … because he claimed a dowry but my family couldn’t provide one,’ she says. ‘His plan was to sell me in Saudi Arabia – when I refused he threw acid on me then he fled’
Putting the headline image below the fold because, well, FUCK. More text, too.
Neela’s story ain’t unique, either. Elsewhere in the photo gallery:
Nurun Nahar, 31, works in women’s rights at ActionAid Bangladesh. She is also an acid survivor, attacked when she was 15 because she rejected a local schoolboy’s advances. With help from ActionAid, she founded the ASN
Acid throwing is a common form of domestic violence worldwide. It is most often committed using hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, both of which can cause permanent damage with even limited exposure. Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is working on a documentary entitled Saving Face, documenting a UK surgeon who travelled to Pakistan to repair women’s faces after acid attacks.
This kind of thing happens far too frequently in the Middle East, and has even been imported to American soil proving just how creative one can be in keeping the wimmenz in line by inculcating a climate wherein either you accede to men’s demands or you are scarred for life. Those of you fighting for your right to call women cunts anonymously online — you’re evidently doing it wrong.