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Acid Attacks and the Male Domination In America we are used to the free predominantly equal lifestyles that we lead We are protected by a Government that feels that all should receive justice protection and freedom under one law For many Americans we are in a bubble that blinds us from the world outside of the streets that we live in the state where we preside and the country that makes us free According to Jane Fonda in the worlds most densely populated country Bangladesh there is a completely different economic and legal system Fonda Bangledeshi Women still live under the standards of fixed marriages and dowries They are almost completely ignored by the Bangladesh legal system so when they are brutally attacked the government simply looks the other way and pretends that they have not seen a terribly disfigured woman standing at their doorstep begging for help This horrible disfigurement comes from acid attacks The skin melts away the muscle disappears and what is left is simply bone They lose their faces noses and eyelids Many lose their sight and their hearing Some women even die The culprit of these horrible realities is sulfuric acid Woman are typically attacked by the acid at night when they are least expecting it They are attacked because they dared to say no Girls as young as thirteen years old are attacked because they reject the advances of significantly older men Other woman are attacked because of a dispute over the dowry in other words the payment received by the mans family from the womans family for the marriage of the daughter The attack is often just an assault on the girls father The daughter is viewed as property of the family If the dowry is rejected by the Carmichael 2 father of the woman the man who has given the proposal is often times angered The
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