DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image 3 young women stand on a roof-top with pressure bandages on their ruined skin. The woman in the foreground was attacked 3 years ago while the two younger women are more recent victims. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A severely depressed female victim of an acid attack sits quietly on her bed in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young doctor, also a victim, tends to victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young victim of an acid attack receives therapy to ensure the movement of her skin and ligaments in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A recent young victim of acid attacks has her wounds cleaned in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack holds photos of how she once looked and how she looked a year after the attack, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack walks in the street under the curious scrutiny of rick-shaw pullers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. In this young woman's case, it will be difficult to find work and almost impossible to marry. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Three young victims of acid attacks find solidarity and comfort in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  In this image 3 young women stand on a roof-top with pressure bandages on their ruined skin. The woman in the foreground was attacked 3 years ago while the two younger women are more recent victims. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A severely depressed female victim of an acid attack sits quietly on her bed in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young doctor, also a victim, tends to victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young victim of an acid attack receives therapy to ensure the movement of her skin and ligaments in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A recent young victim of acid attacks has her wounds cleaned in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack holds photos of how she once looked and how she looked a year after the attack, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack walks in the street under the curious scrutiny of rick-shaw pullers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. In this young woman's case, it will be difficult to find work and almost impossible to marry. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)
 DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007:  Three young victims of acid attacks find solidarity and comfort in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007.  Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.
(Photo by Brent Stirton.)
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DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image 3 young women stand on a roof-top with pressure bandages on their ruined skin. The woman in the foreground was attacked 3 years ago while the two younger women are more recent victims. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A severely depressed female victim of an acid attack sits quietly on her bed in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Images of the victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. In this image a young woman sits on her bed in the safe-house where conditions are basic but the women are cared for and counselling is available. The sunglasses on the bed are to protect what remains of her acid damaged eyes. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young doctor, also a victim, tends to victims of acid attacks in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young victim of an acid attack receives therapy to ensure the movement of her skin and ligaments in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A recent young victim of acid attacks has her wounds cleaned in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack holds photos of how she once looked and how she looked a year after the attack, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: A young female victim of acid attack walks in the street under the curious scrutiny of rick-shaw pullers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. In this young woman's case, it will be difficult to find work and almost impossible to marry. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

DHAKA, BANGLADESH, DECEMBER 2007: Three young victims of acid attacks find solidarity and comfort in a safe-house in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 December 2007. Acid violence is a particularly vicious and damaging form of violence in Bangladesh where acid is thrown in people’s faces. The overwhelming majority of the victims are women, and many of them are below 18 years of age. The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases it is because a young girl or women has spurned the sexual advances of a male or either she or her parents have rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and also men. These attacks are often the result of family and land dispute, dowry demands or a desire for revenge. (Photo by Brent Stirton.)

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