When Mussamat was married, her husband's family was not satisfied with the amount of dowry given. Both her husband and mother-in-law physically tortured her, pressuring her family to give more. She became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, but her husband's family did not accept her in their home. Eventually, after continuous torture and still no more dowry money, her husband and mother-in-law threw acid on her face and body. She still experiences intense pain because of the acid, cannot be in the sun for long, and it remains very painful for her to do manual labor. BRAC is fighting for her, bearing all costs to run the case against her ex-husband and mother-in-law, which is still in progress.
In order for Mussamat, who is now 22, to get married, her father sold his plot of land to pay for her dowry. As soon as she married, her husband and his family began beating her and demanding that she give them a larger dowry.