Acid attacks: 7 women burned in two days

Published: September 18, 2011

Tayyiba was attacked by college mates for ‘not covering her head’; Nabila and her family were attacked by her husband.

FAISALABAD: 

A total of seven women suffered acid attacks in the past two days in Faisalabad in separate incidents.

According to police officials, a first-year student suffered serious burns after being attacked in the limits of Police Station City Jaranwala. First year student Tayyiba was on her way back home from a local tuition academy when students Ali Raza and Hamza allegedly chased her and threatened her life.

“Both boys go to the same college as me and they were heckling me for not wearing a dupatta on my head. They tried to grab me and when I yelled at them they attacked me with acid,” Tayyiba told police officials before being admitted to the hospital. “She said that both men had said she ‘deserved for her face to be ruined because she had not covered her head’,” Station House Officer Malik Zafar Iqbal said.

The victim’s parents filed a complaint and approached the parents of the accused. “Instead of asking for forgiveness they opened fire on us and we barely managed to escape,” Tayyiba’s father Asad said. Area police filed a case on the report of Adnan, a brother of the victim, after having registered a case against the accused under Section 324, 511, & 34 PPC but no arrest has been madeso far. In another incident, a man and his two friends allegedly threw acid at his wife and five other women from her family. According to police officials, Chak 132 GB Dijkot resident Umar Hayat attacked his wife Nabila and five women of her family after she refused to leave with him. “The couple had quarrelled after he beat her several times. She came home saying she feared for her life and when he came to take her back she refused to leave,” Nabila’s father Muhammad Munir said. “He told her he would never hit her again if she left with him and when she refused he threw acid on her and all the other women,” he added.

Umar also attacked five women of Nabila’s family, who refused to let him take her from their house near the Nawan police station. Neighbours said that Umar Hayat had made several attempts to reconcile with his wife Nabila and had also approached elders and a Panchayat to intervene on his behalf.

“She refused to return with him. She kept saying that he beat her and that she did not want to put her life in danger,” a neighbour Manzoor said. On Thursday night, Umar Hayat, along with two of his accomplices, forced entry into the house of his in-laws by breaking the door when the family were asleep. Hayat sprayed acid on his wife Nabila, sisters-in-law Shakila Munir and Razia, mother in-law Riaz Bibi and Nazia, the wife of his brother in-law. The victims sustained serious injuries to their face and bodies.

All the burnt victims have been admitted to the Gojra Civil Hospital and are reportedly in serious condition. Three of the victims have sustained over 80 percent burns and are in critical condition.

“Three women are in critical condition and their faces have been completely burnt but the others are in recovery and have been admitted to the burns unit,” said Dr Rizwan Basheer. The condition of Skakila Munir is stated to be serious and she has been shifted to Allied Hospital.

Police officials have filed a report regarding the burning of Skalila and her family, on the request of her father Munir Ahmad.

A case vide FIR No. 207/2011 under Sections 324 and 336 PPC have been registered against Umar Hayat and his two other accomplices, but no arrest has been reported so far. SHO Nawan Lahore Ch Abdhul Majeed said that a police tem had been constituted for the arrest of the accused .

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • faegheh
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:58PM

    I hope this is not reported as a crime against women due to Islam. This article should address the crime against women in local, tribal or a nation’s culture which allows men to be able to commit such crimes against humanity ruining lives for ever. It is shameful to read such news from corners of our globe and learning that men of such violent action are still dealt with in a less criminal punishment compared to those who commit murder. These people and their supporters are all murderers of human soul, and criminals by their actions. May god saves the rest of the suffering women from criminal men.

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  • Faction
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:07PM

    Funny how these pious Muslims turn into Zionist/raw/CIA infiltrators, commit these dastardly deeds that no Muslim would ever commit, and then resume their perfect pious Muslim disguises. It’s a neat trick!

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  • European
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:37PM

    Horrific.

    Why don’t they jail them, say for 60 years or 90??

    Why there are no public protests against the perpetrators and the police?

    It makes me appreciate life away from Pakistan…

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  • canuck
    Sep 19, 2011 - 3:29AM

    This won’t stop until there is a major downside…like families of the victims arranging to have the little cowards emasculated and if necessary outright killing them. Personally I prefer the former…as a first offense but the more permanent solution for any further misbehavior.

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  • linda jones
    Sep 19, 2011 - 8:04AM

    What a bunch of pathetic savages!! God bless the usa where women have EQUAL rights!Recommend

  • Observer
    Sep 19, 2011 - 9:14AM

    There are more crimes on women coming out of ‘Faisalabad’ than any other city. Whats wrong with this city?. Is there mental retardness and congenital mental defect and doctors need to do a scientific study on the population, especially male population of this city. Nevertheless, these animals ought to be given life imprisonment for ever!

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  • Clarence
    Sep 19, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Savages.

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  • Sally Abduulah
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:34AM

    In actual fact the world shoul be moving to more democratic and freedom but as we watch it’s getting more primates than ever. In Malaysia during 50′s,60′s.70′s.80′s and 90′s is OK. I think Malaysia is the next to Pakistan after this. If you are from other religion converted to Muslim , you cannot go back visit your parents which are Christians as well your relatives.Recommend

  • Arzoo
    Sep 19, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @European: Why incarcerate them for 60 or 90 years and waste money to feed and clothe them???? I have a more effective solution. Just throw the same stuff back on the perpetrators. Can be easily done even by females. Unless and until these inhumane creatures know that their victims can come back and do the same thing to them they will never stop. Stop wasting time to file FIRs with the useless Police and going to the useless courts. Just take this simple step and you will rid the society of the acid attacks in a very short period of time. There is only one thing I am afraid of though; the police and the courts will immediately get super-efficient and will go after the women to prosecute and jail them. You can almost bet on it.

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  • Jameel
    Sep 19, 2011 - 2:28PM

    I was born in Faisalabad and I hate the place. What of the rest.

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  • John
    Sep 19, 2011 - 3:01PM

    Barbarians

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  • Straight Fire
    Sep 19, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @John:
    Alot better than Crusaders ….

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  • Majid
    Sep 19, 2011 - 5:40PM

    Our society is going down the drain, and please don’t say that more religion is a solution.

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  • Clark
    Sep 20, 2011 - 12:12AM

    These people, if you want to call them that, however I thing they are PIGS when they act the way they do throeing acid in some girls face. Who they hell are they to think they can do such things and not be punished. Oh, I get it, the men in that country and other regions think they are better than the ladies. Well you are a bunch of no good PIGS that should have your lives cut short. These Ladies give birth to your children you morans. They are the people that clean and cook for you idiots. Where is your respect. God will punish you in the end. your Allah is not going to help you out on this , you have been fooled to belive such things, and you need to pray for forgiveness you fools. These Ladies should be treated like another human being that was created in the eyes out the LORD and not for your stupid desires. You are all fools and have been raised as fools. It is so isecure to think you are better that them What reasons do you have to think such things. What has been tought to you by other fools. You need to pray to your God for forgiveness.Recommend

  • Gary
    Sep 20, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @European:

    Spending their enitre lives cleaning pig barns would also be a good fit, right?

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  • Lana
    Sep 20, 2011 - 1:10AM

    What an insucure little man! Recommend

  • muslimsrgay
    Sep 20, 2011 - 2:35AM

    how is this still surprising?

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  • PA2AK
    Sep 20, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Doing things in the name or your religion does not make the religion the source of the problem. It just means you are crazy and you need to deal with the consequences of your actions. A little education and an established deterrent of such vile actions would go a long way. Religion is not the problem hear. Bad people exist everywhere and in all forms. Yes, even you atheists are capable of committing crimes.

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  • Excuse me
    Sep 20, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @Straight Fire:

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  • Enough is Enough
    Sep 20, 2011 - 3:34AM

    Return the favor but using boiling bacon grease on the cowards that attack defenseless women. Why is it infidel men can control themselves but the followers of Allah must cover their women because they can’t control their lusts?

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 6:10AM

    @Straight Fire:
    oh, puhleeze… get off the crusade thing already. That was what, like, a a thousand years ago; That was then, this is now and then it was catholics vs.muslims. But today…wellRecommend

  • Freeman
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:09PM

    @linda jones: Selling women on the roads are not equal but pathetic and dirty. Womens in america also does not get equal salaries even they work same level as Men.

    Every 5 second a women is rapped in america. American wormen organisation says.

    WHILE I was typing these comments you can understand how many more? in 3 minutes.

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  • Cycloneous
    Sep 24, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Here’s how you fix the problem, similar problems alike, its real easy.

    You disarm every man in the country. You give every woman a AK-47 or weapon of their choosing at the age of 15. You show them how to use it, you tell them the next “pious” lowlife of a man that even hints at wanting to harm them, to shoot kill on site.

    I can guarantee you, the gender problems that plague that country and region will disappear within minutes.

    As to Freeman’s comments about women getting raped in America. Lets not forget that women are also raped in islamic culture and the reason it is not reported is obvious. Let us not forget their plight, too. So, Freeman, you need to look at reality, failure to do so, you put America in an unequal footing with the rest of islamic culture.

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