Husband in Bangladesh Responds To Divorce By Throwing Acid In Face Of Ex-Wife, Serves Only One Year In Jail, And Blinded Ex-Wife is Then Coerced Into Remarrying Him

We have another chilling tale of the plight of women in some traditional Islamic areas. A woman known as Nurbanu had divorced her husband when she found him in bed with another woman. The husband than responded to the divorce by throwing acid in her face — an all-too-common crime against women in the Middle East. The woman was disfigured and blinded, but the husband received only one year of jail for the crime. Nurbanu said she was then coerced to remarry him and he now allegedly continues to beat her. Warning the picture below is graphic and disturbing.


The husband was hidden for almost a year by friends and family until authorities located him. However, his mother had him released on bail so he spent just 12 months in jail for the heinous crime.

The 36-year-old mother is left with horrific facial injuries. She is now blind and unable to even prepare a meal for herself.

There are thousands of such cases in the region, as we have previously discussed.

Source: News

32 thoughts on “Husband in Bangladesh Responds To Divorce By Throwing Acid In Face Of Ex-Wife, Serves Only One Year In Jail, And Blinded Ex-Wife is Then Coerced Into Remarrying Him

  1. Hey! I’m sure he still loves her! Even with a hideously disfigured face.

    Seriously though in many societies a single woman has no chance. Prohibitions against divorce actually protected women from being tossed out on the street with no way to support themselves as there were no jobs available for women (well, except for perhaps the oldest profession). Despite advances in most of the industrialized world that allow women to have lives outside wife and mom there are still plenty of places where the 19th century is too modern. I don’t think there is a damn thing we can do about this sort of thing except point it out and condemn it, until these societies want to grow up there will always be men like this.

  2. This guy should always keep one thing in mind. He has to sleep sometime.

    I have lost track of the number of murder and assault cases I have worked where the wife exacted revenge while her abuser was taking a nap.

  3. OS – I remember seeing a comic doing a routine about his grandparents. My favorite line was one where he said his grandfather excusing some bad behavior with “Well, thats the way we did it in the old country.” And the comic saying “Yes gandpa and thats why in the old country so many men died from blunt force trauma in their sleep!”

  4. This happened in America in NY City in a catolic neighborhood in 1896 where the outrage was that the woman had gone to Maryland to get a divorce. Did I say “1896”? No, 1966. No, it was Cardinal Ritter in 2006 from Saint Louis. He wears a red dress and approves the porking of children by his subordinate priests. Lions and tigers and bears, Oh MY!.

  5. Dear Frankly, prohibitions against divorce may have been claimed as a protection for women but women have never been protected in such societies. Women remain targets of male rage and sport where religion is strong and female economic power is weak. Consider the societies wherein very restrictive travel and dress rules keep women virtual prisoners–like our “friend ” Saudi Arabia.

    Women in the US need to consider what they will continue to allow in this country as the power of misogini grows and flourishes. It is a threat not just to women. It is a threat to a stable and free society.

  6. Yeah, I should have been a bit clearer about that part. Divorce did not protect women from abusive husbands but was presented as a way of preventing the ultimate, death, sentence by exposure and starvation. It was not a good trade off.

    Much the same for the OT commandment that a man must marry his brothers widows in the event of his brothers death. It saved the woman from being cast out on her own. I assume the part about having children by her was tossed in because it meant more sex for the guy but it probably increased her security since her new husband had a vested interest in supporting her as part of his new family.

    Me personally? I’d rather go to hell than marry either of my two brothers wives! :D

  7. Since the woman is unable to care for herself, remarrying her abuser was probably intended to hold him accountable for her. She gets some care and more abuse.

  8. Hello,

    I don’t know where to find the answer to my question. Forgive me for using this forum for that purpose.

    When a judge presides over a case in which a defendant, who the judge has said publicly is his friend, is he violating any code of judicial misconduct?

    Thank you.

  9. Jill, sounds like a conflict of interest. perhaps the prosecutor could ask for a different judge citing the conflict of interest? I’m not a lawyer so don’t really know.

  10. George Zimmerman has received two new judges at his lawyer’s request. The first recused herself due to perceived conflict of interest. The second was recused by the Court of Appeals. But Zimmerman is the defendant. It might not be something available to the prosecution.

  11. Kharma is one thing that the husband will not be able to escape. While not as timely as we would sometimes like, its is in the end, complete.

  12. jill nace.

    wow! that is loaded with litigating, and mitigating circumstances. but judges know judges as well as the judge knows the defendant. they are elected and come from the same source to get votes. though some judges can still give a fair hearing. the judge may have said that he was a friend to let it be known for a myriad reasons, or just being stupid.

    it also depends on who’s lying. all parties lie in court. it’s human nature.
    I had friends that would do any thing not to pay a dollar and spend twenty to fifty dollars not to pay off the dollar where no litigation was involved. some of them are pretty funny to think of what stories they came up with. but I don’t know of anybody that will listen to your story with out charging you. the story that you gave is wide open depending on how much money you have for an attorney. so the next etc. question is, does the attorney know the judge.

    DO NOT GO TO COURT AND LIE. just because o.j. simpson got away with murder in the court room does not mean that o.j. will not be punished for it when he dies. but I know that if you tell the truth some judges will think it is crazy. some people can’t handle the truth and will do anything to win. check with your states attorney general first. then be smart.

  13. This is meant as an explanation, not as an excuse for abuse of women. Clear?

    OK. When you are living on the brink of starvation for as long as civilization has existed, this problem of women’s worth will arise.

    (Let me hop in and note that civilization is not a trigger. Social stratification can be indicated as far back as 6,000 years BCE in pre-civilized cultures.)

    The custom arises that the woman, after marriage becomes part of the man’s family, thus contributing to that family. She has no value to the family that she was born into.

    Where child production and menial labor are the only “employments” offered, the wife is but a chattel.

    This has existed and still exists in all cultures and in all religions, and even traces exist today in our “modern western world”. From China, Japan, to the Middle East and all in between, the woman is the last one that her family puts any resources on.

    I discussed this just today with a chinese descendant born here in Sweden. I did not inquire how it was in her family.

    I also discussed it in 1965 in Bangkok, also with a young chinese woman, whose brother was studying in the USA, but nothing was spent on her.

    Thus I think it is simply incorrect to point to Islam as the cause of this problem. It happens both in the religious of all faiths, and in the irreligious groups too.

    Poverty is the reason, I feel.

  14. The story HT linked to has some strange information:

    … his family coerced her into re-marrying him.

    “His mother paid for his release on bail,” she said. “She made me sign an affidavit to have him released. She used my sons to convince me to marry him again.”

    Sounds like a family affair, a bad social dynamic.

    The story has some other interesting language:

    While government efforts have seen a decline in the number of acid attacks which has fallen from 500 in 2002 to 111 in 2011, there is still more work to be done Ms Rahman said.

    Bangaladesh had a population of 150,493,658 in 2011.

    Our military has more attacks on women, including rape, each year by far than that, with only 1% of their population.

    Being bad to women is part of the bully religion, a universal religion according to George Orwell.

    He was on to something.

  15. One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic. – Stalin

    Not much silver lining in the realm of reality these daze:

    More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

    (Reuters, bold added). When this starts going down a lot of people are going to want to hurt somebody in some places, so it could be that oil company people will be the new targets of the wrath of foreign nations like this:

    A U.S.-based Egyptian-American said to be behind the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” and six other Egyptian Christians were sentenced to death in absentia by a court in Cairo Wednesday.

    The film, which insulted the prophet Muhammad, sparked violent protests and attacks on U.S. embassies across the Middle East when it was released in September.

    (NBC). If just making a film that is anti-Mohammad is sufficient to bring a death penalty, what will global warming caused deaths of hundreds of millions bring?

    Seriously, over 100 million by 2030 is one holocaust per year (5.8 million per year). Germany did one holocaust in ~4 years.

    Take cover.

  16. Thanks for responding.

    While the Rules seem simple and straightforward, they are not by any means. Perhaps that’s because judges rely on what “appears” to be inappropriate based on the way they see things, not the way they believe the public will perceive things.

    How many average-bears could preside over a case where the defendant is a friend and escape the rumblings of a guilty conscious? Judges, I fear, are immune to the limitations of the typical citizen, to whom they owe their allegiance. The Canons always drive home the point that preserving and building the confidence the public has in them must be the goal of all they do.

    “Woman is the soul of man, the radiance that lights his way. Woman is glory” DQ

  17. Is there any limit to how much horror this woman is going to be forced by her society to endure? Will she just simply be treated by outsiders with sympathy but yet not more than a mere curiosity for a topical amount of attention to her as a fellow human being. It can sadly be convenient to just turn the page, relegating her to just another example.

    It would be simply worthwhile to have by whatever means it requires to cause a government agency over there complete with budget, power and resolve to provide shelter for women who has suffered as she begin a new life free from the tortures they have endured. Couple this with some true social pressure and legal sanctions to change this attitude among too many in her country as to the status of women and their plights.

    Sure it would be easy to dismiss the group of persons in her community that espoused this abuse as being backward and either incapable or unwilling to change their murderous ways and thereby pointless to influence to any real change. But in doing nothing, it only perpetuates the horrors. A real attempt would be worthwhile.

    There can be many ways, one is not a panacea and there is no point in spending years debating what One is the best. Many reasonable approaches should be tried since they would certainly have more merit than continuing to do nothing and abet the abuse. From over here in the US certain diplomacy can help, or from various NGOs but at least advocate something.

  18. I have heard a lot of stories pertaining to women suffering from acid attack, and for me its really frustrating and saddening to have a culture values where women are being treated as animals and no rights. Acid attackers are not being held accountable for what they are doing and the wife/ women are left with nothing but broken faces and dreams.

  19. Darren Smith,

    I agree with what you say, BUT let me add the ironical comment of:

    They lack a full-coverage social security contract.
    They lack a proper jusice system.
    They let family solutions preempt just ones.
    Thay lack a full coverage medical system for rehabilitation, for example here.

    All five items lacks the USA too.

  20. well jill just don’t let the antichrist preachers get a hold of you because they won’t tell you about, “nine most badass bible verses,” from cracked.

    I also post on, “exploitaive christianity group sects,” from time to time and a few others.

    and be creative in your own thinking.

  21. Once upon a time, Tom Druce, a former Pennsylvania state rep, struck something in his Jeep Cherokee, provided by the state. Without giving it a second thought, he got it repaired, telling his insurer he hit a sign on the turnpike. Then, he traded it for a different vehicle and went on his merry way.

    Six months later the cops got an anonymous tip so they questioned Rep Druce. Eventually, in exchange for dropping the charge of vehicular homicide. he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence and committing insurance fraud. He maintains he thought he hit a sign.

    He ran over and killed Kenneth Cains, a black marine corp veteran who’d fallen on tough times. He spent years out on bail free to come and go between 6 am and 10 pm. He was allowed to vacation at the Jersey Shore. He spent about one year incarcerated.

    Hattie Carroll was a made in the kitchen…

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