Wife forced to remarry husband who threw acid on her face
A Bangladeshi woman whose husband allegedly threw acid in her face after the two divorced has now been coerced into remarrying him.
Nurbanu divorced her husband of 18 years after she said she found him with another woman. A week later, authorities said he returned to his wife and threw acid on her face, leaving her disfigured. After going into hiding for almost a year, Nurbanu's husband was arrested, then spent another year in jail. After his release, his family coerced her into re-marrying him.
"His mother paid for his release on bail," she told the HuffingtonPost.com. "She made me sign an affidavit to have him released. She used my sons to convince me to marry him again."
The acid attack has left the 36-year-old mother blind and unable to even prepare a meal for herself.
Acid attacks occur in many countries in South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies and the Middle East, where the victims are often women and children. The availability of acids used in manufacturing and processing cotton and rubber is a leading cause of attacks, according to the website AcidViolence.org. Weak rule of law, political corruption and cultural inequalities between gender have contributed to increasing incidents of acid violence.