Child marriages: 9-year-old flees hospital following acid attack

Published: October 29, 2011

" I went to visit her and I saw the burns on her face. She told me her husband had thrown acid on her. They kept saying it was a skin condition," Father Muhammad Ijaz. PHOTO: APP

FAISALABAD: 

A nine-year-old girl who was seriously injured following an acid attack by her ‘husband’ fled the DHQ Hospital in Jhang on Friday afternoon.

According to hospital officials, Saima was brought in with over 46 per cent burn wounds and was in critical condition. “Her father spoke to police officials and recorded a statement but now they have both fled. She may not survive for long without medical assistance,” said Dr Ejaz Khalid.

On being contacted, Medical Superintendent DHQ Jhang, Dr Mumtaz Hussain told The Express Tribune that when the doctors visited the ward in the morning Saima was present on her bed but soon after her father, Muhammad Ijaz took her away. “He told me to tell the doctors he was taking her to a police station but the police are searching for them too,” said a patient in the bed next to Saima’s.

Satellite Town Police Station House Officer (SHO) Sajjad Ahmad Cheema said that the victim and her father had not appeared in the police station. Cheema said that Muhammad Ijaz had recently filed a complaint regarding his daughter’s acid attack and accused his nephew, her husband. “We registered the case and he was summoned to appear before the court on Friday afternoon in the presence of the accused party, including his brother and nephews,” Cheema said. “We have arrested all the accused nominated in the FIR,” he added.

Ijaz told police officials that he was a labourer and had divorced his first wife seven years ago. Saima was his daughter from his first marriage and she was living with his brother Muhammad Yusuf in Muddaki. “I sent her to a study at a madrassah and she was staying with my brother. A few months later my brother asked to wed her to his ten-year-old son Ahmed and since they were both the same age, I agreed to the match,” Ijaz told police.

“They beat her and were very cruel to her. On October 26, I went to visit her at my brother’s house and when I saw her I saw the burns on her face. She denied that she had been attacked at first but later told me her husband and his brothers Mohsin Ali, Ehsan Ali and Noor Muhammad had thrown acid on her. They kept saying it was a skin condition,” he told police.

Ijaz said that his sister Mumataz Bibi told him about the incident and said that Ahmed would attack her again if he didn’t take his daughter away.

“I took her away but then they came to my house while I was gone and attacked my daughter. The doctors have issued a medical report saying she has been burned. They said she would recover and the wounds weren’t critical,” he said.

Ijaz told police officials that his brother and his family were threatening him. Sattilate Town Police registered a case under Section 324, 337-A/1, 337 A/2, 337/L2 of the Pakistan Penal Code against Saima’s mother-in-law Kaneez Fatima, father-in-law Muhammad Yousaf, spouse Ahmed and brothers-in-law Mohsin and Asif.

SHO said the accused had been arrested on Friday evening adding that further investigations were underway. “We cannot complete the investigation until we know where Saima and her father are. Their testimony is key,” Cheema said.

Names have been changed to protect the identity of the victim

Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Oct 29, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Damn ! That is heartless.

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  • Mumtaz
    Oct 29, 2011 - 4:39PM

    Salaam. But probably she didn’t be modesty for if she veiled then acids can’t problem. If all people just follow Quran than Pakistan never had such problems. Only this is propaganda for western medias

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  • Rosalyn Liddle
    Oct 29, 2011 - 7:05PM

    That is inhumane! Veil or no veil it is inhumane.No civilised human being would treat another like that.

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  • sars
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:42PM

    @Mumtaz:
    that is ridiculous.How the heck could sulfuric acid which burns through skin and flesh possibly be stopped by a veil.This sort of ridiculous thinking is the reason we are such a messed up society

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  • Leila Rage
    Oct 29, 2011 - 8:50PM

    @Mumtaz: So for you acid attacks are not a problem, but the absence of the veil is? This girl was 9 years old. How could such a young child indulge in immodesty? and even if she wasnt “modest” that does not justify the attack.

    it is sad that the parents of these boys dont raise them to respect women, or even other young girls. sick Recommend

  • Mj
    Oct 29, 2011 - 9:18PM

    @Mumtaz:
    Please do the humanity a favor and don’t propagate.

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  • Maha
    Oct 29, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @Mumtaz:

    Its mentalities like yours that lead to such inhumane, heinous and grossly indecent acts. And people like you that we need to wipe clean from our society.

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  • Zara
    Oct 29, 2011 - 10:59PM

    @ Mumtaz. I’m a muslim but your logic is flawed. There is no justification for this.. none at all.

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  • Aisha
    Oct 29, 2011 - 11:47PM

    @Mumtaz youre reaction to this is sickening.. a child has had acid thrown on her face and you talk about the veil? the people responsible are her mahrams ie she is allowed to show her face as part of Quranic law, its her husband, her uncle and her brother in laws so please dont add your stupid comments :l a child has been abused, whether a cultural or religious matter its wrong!
    Im a Muslim and a hadith by A l Tirmidhi states that “He is not one of us who does not show affections to our young ones, nor respect our elders..”

    where is the love..?

    I hope they find this little girl and her father and bring the people to justice! :(strong text

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Salaam. But probably she didn’t be modesty for if she veiled then acids can’t problem. If all people just follow Quran than Pakistan never had such problems. Only this is propaganda for western medias

    Either you have a horrible delivery of sarcasm, or you’re incredibly steeped in misogyny and dogmatic delusion. I like to believe in the former, as I’m very very afraid if it’s the latter case.

    It’s disgusting that anyone, troll or not, would despicably twist Islam and shamefully bring the Quran into the conversation and be justifying a heinous inhuman crime of acid being thrown at a woman’s face by sadistic men.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 1:31AM

    The abusive evil acid throwing is becoming such a plague and epidemic that it’s making itself at home as a cultural fixture….disgusting.

    Where do these depraved psychotic and sadistic men get such ideas and these solutions from?! Is there like some acid throwing pharmacy at the local corner or something?!

    But sadly even if there weren’t acids available, sick maniacs will find other ways to abuse, such as burnings, cuttings, beatings, etc. The hell this child is enduring…

    This story is messed up at so many levels too. The girl was married into her uncle’s household! Her father’s own brother is allowing this to happen?! Besides getting them married at an age where kids are still in school in this day and age learning how to read and write?! Thought child marriages were illegal.

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  • Alex
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:54AM

    @Mumtaz:
    So obey the teachings of your fairytale and we don’t have acid thrown in our faces? Clearly you missed the memo that Islam is actually a religion of peace.

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  • Hassan
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:22AM

    @ Mumtaz

    You are a troll trying to indirectly ridicule Islam,aren’t you?

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  • bold9k
    Oct 30, 2011 - 3:50AM

    Mumtaz how about you put a veil on your face and for our ‘testing’ purposes i throw some good old sulfuric acid on it.. Want to try?

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  • gcr
    Oct 30, 2011 - 5:51AM

    barbaric and satanic dominated people guided barbaric and satanic example to follow. Started 1400 years ago.

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  • csmann
    Oct 30, 2011 - 6:41AM

    mujhe beti na banaiyo
    ah woman!! your life!!!!

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  • car313
    Oct 30, 2011 - 8:57AM

    @Mumtaz
    Looks like your knowledge of chemistry and particularly of sulphuric acid is so pathetic, you simply end up highlighting your ignorance. With people like you among the Muslims they need no enemies.

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  • Oct 30, 2011 - 9:29AM

    @Mumtaz:
    You are a disgusting person. Blame an innocent child for being the victim of an attack, and blame “Western media” for the evil that rules you country and your religion.

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  • Rudolph Hucker
    Oct 30, 2011 - 1:58PM

    @Mumtaz:
    You really do live in one messed up country. The problem with you people is that you need to move into the 21st Century. What’s even worse is that you and your type, are importing this sort of social crap into my country (UK) and the locals (The English) really don’t like it.
    Mediaeval behaviour from a mediaeval society. If you support this sort of crap you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.

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  • Carol
    Oct 30, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Importing these people in droves in Europe. As someone I know says, “Europe’s toast.”

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  • Amina
    Oct 31, 2011 - 12:29AM

    Shame on you, Mumtaz. You’re a despicable human being if you think an innocent little child should be disfigured and traumatised because she didn’t wear a cloth over her head. Tell me: WHY is she even veiling when she has not undergone puberty yet? Why is she married? Why is she being degraded and corrupted for religious concepts she doesn’t even quite understand yet?

    I’m SO tired of people like you enforcing these utterly vile rubbish onto little girls and I’m Muslim myself. God protect all our daughters from these hateful, poor excuses for “men”. Ameen.

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  • Wes
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:00AM

    So is this type of becoming-common behavior based on “radical” Islam, or just on Islam?

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  • Jameela Goh
    Oct 31, 2011 - 4:27AM

    Won’t someone please help Pakistan. This little girl was far too young to be married and be subjected to cruelty and disfigured like this. Yes, where is the love?? Government really needs an overhaul.Recommend

  • TXCowgirl
    Oct 31, 2011 - 6:48PM

    @Mumtaz: Some of you behave like animals; and, if you believe that throwing acid on another human being, especially a child, is okay, then you, are worse than an animal. It is also disgusting to “marry” a child- pedophiles.

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  • rk.
    Oct 31, 2011 - 8:44PM

    Wow, she was nine years old, she is not required to be wearing a veil. This young girl probably hasn’t even gone through puberty, and the same goes for her husband. Why would anyone marry these two children in the first place? It’s deprived both of them from their childhood.

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  • Nov 1, 2011 - 5:27AM

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.Recommend

  • Martin Koschuttnig
    Nov 1, 2011 - 2:58PM

    I’d like to see the kooraan verse that says a child in the home or AT HOME is supposed to wear a veil? She was hurt at HOME.

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  • Lioness
    Nov 1, 2011 - 10:19PM

    @Mumtaz:

    Are you insane? Since when is acid incapable of burning through a veil or any other piece of clothing? Whether this CHILD was veiled or not is NOT the issue – the issue is that a reprehensible, evil maniac thought it was permissable to throw acid in her face. A barbaric and savage act, as is permitting, aiding, or abetting the “marriage” of CHILDREN. A sick culture, populated by some very sick individuals, of which Mumtaz is obviously a part.Recommend

  • Nov 2, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Oh, by all means! Go ahead and marry off your 9-year old daughter to a random lunatic. What could possibly go wrong?

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  • Emmon Khan
    Nov 6, 2011 - 5:37AM

    @Mumtaz: Are you another silly incarnation of that devil Mumtaz Qadri?

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