The woman looking at herself in the makeshift mirror with the photograph of a model on the reverse side is the survivor of an acid attack. It wasn’t a stranger who disfigured her. It was her husband. He wasn’t satisfied with the size of the dowry her parents had paid, and after two years of marriage he wanted more. When her parents refused to increase the payment, he beat up Nasrin, then 23 years old, and threw acid on her face, neck, and hands. The attack took place in Bangladesh, which has one…

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