Just days after the government passed a law against acid crimes, a mother of four suffered severe injuries at the hands of her second husband.
Nageena Bibi, 34, was intercepted by Irfan, her husband, outside a house where she was living and working as a maid. He wanted her to withdraw her application for divorce, police said after initial investigations.
“He was a drug addict and unemployed. Nageena wanted divorce but he was reluctant to give her one,” said a police official.
She met Irfan a year ago in a katchi abadi near Shehzad Town, where she had moved some four years back after getting a divorce from her first husband. After marriage, Nageena stopped working as Ifran, a daily wage worker, earned enough to support the both of them.
But everything changed about four months back when Irfan abandoned his work and took up drugs, police said. Nageena tried to deter him from drugs, before filing for divorce two months back.
Police said Irfan approached her as she was coming out of a house she worked at. “He pulled out a bottle of acid and splashed it on her face,” a police official said, adding, “The upper part of her body including her face, chest and shoulders were badly burnt.”
She was taken to Pims, where her condition is described to be stable. Police are looking for Irfan, who is on the run.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2011.