Photographer Farzana Hossen has created a series of work titled “Lingering Scars”which documents the lives of women who have been victims of acid attack burns in Bangladesh, where violence agains women is on the rise. The attacks are often related to the region’s strict moral code regarding the institution of marriage “whereby the woman is considered to be guilty for any family breakup or divorce and living alone is difficult. . . Violence against women is sanctioned by both society and the state, but in the name of culture, tradition and religious practices, women are usually forced to live with their abusive spouse to maintain social norms,”explains Hossen. The series of images gives a jarring and in depth look into the lives of these women and what rehabilitation entails in the Acid Survivor Foundation facility in Dhaka. Last year she was the recipient of the The Ian Parry Scholarship.
text written by Canbra Hodsdon