Pakistan's acid attack survivors

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A group of Pakistani acid attack survivors pose for a photograph at the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in Islamabad on January 5, 2010.

Credit:

Behrouz Mehri

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    Haleema Bibi was a housewife with five children living in the remote village of Jattoi in southern Punjab. She was attacked by unknown criminals while sleeping with her eight year-old daughter, Kauser.

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    Behrouz Mehri

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    When 13, Naila Farhat was attacked by her teacher's friend after her parents refused his marriage proposal on the grounds that their daughter was too young and wanted to continue studying.

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    Behrouz Mehri

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    Nusrat Bibi's sister-in-law was supposed to marry her brother, but when he married another woman, her sister-in-law, brother-in-law and husband attacked her with acid.

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    Behrouz Mehri

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    At 23, Naziran Bibi, mother of two daughters, was forced by her mother-in-law to become the second wife of her brother-in-law, after her first husband died. Treated badly by her second husband and his first wife, acid was thrown on her face and torso by an unknown attacker when she was sleeping.

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    Behrouz Mehri

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    Nasreen Sharif is completely blind. She is from the small village of Shakna Ganeshpur in Punjab. At 15 she was attacked after rejecting a marriage proposal from a much older man.

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    Paula Bronstein

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    Bashiran Bibi's story is vague, but it seems her in-laws, or possibly her husband, pushed her into the oven. It's possible acid was used as well after.

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    Paula Bronstein

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    Saira Liaqat is from Lahore and was attacked after disagreements regarding an arranged marriage.

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    Paula Bronstein