Woman suffers acid attack after divorce

Published: October 20, 2012

“They threw acid at her face and severely burnt her face and chest,” says a policeman PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: 

In the second such attack in a week, a man threw acid on his former wife, leaving her face disfigured. 

This was the 34th reported case of acid throwing in the province and 84th nationwide this year, according to the Acid Survivor Foundation (ASF).

Rozina was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) on Thursday after her ex-husband Tahir Zaman and his mother allegedly threw acid on her face in retaliation for their recent divorce. Rozina was admitted to the burns unit in LRH.

“They threw acid at her face and severely burnt her face and chest,” said a policeman, talking to The Express Tribune. Both the accused escaped but an FIR has been registered against them and investigations are underway, he added.

Rozina was on her way to visit relatives with her sister when the incident occurred on Talab Road, Nothia, in the jurisdiction of Gulberg police.

Several months ago, Rozina had filed a petition in the family court wanting a divorce from Zaman. After a series of hearings, which also lasted for months, the court finally decided in Rozina’s favour. Tahir was very upset at the news of his divorce and conspired with his mother Jamlu Bibi to attack Rozina.

The victim’s family declined to comment on the matter and was busy in treating her.

According to a report by the Islamabad-based NGO ASF, 45% of acid attacks occurred over family disputes, while 17% were caused over rejecting marriage proposals this year. Last year, 150 people suffered acid attacks across Pakistan, with 30 cases reported in Mardan -the highest in any district.

ASF Pakistan’s Chairperson Valerie Khan Yousafzai told The Express Tribune that many cases go unreported due to security risks. It is imperative that the provincial government legislate on the issue to protect the victims.

A collective response

Qamar Naseem, the programme coordinator for End Violence Against Women/Girls Alliance, said that ASF and other donor agencies will hold a meeting in Islamabad over the increasing incidents of acid attacks. A plan has been prepared to support treatment, including surgeries, for the victims.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Imran Munawar
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Sick Act.

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  • Romo
    Oct 20, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Acid attacks should be punished with a swift death sentence.

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  • Abdul Wahab Kanrani
    Oct 20, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Section 324 of Pakistan Penal Code defines attempt to commit Qatl -e-Amad:
    Whoever does any act with such intention or knowledge , and under such circumstances that, if he by that act caused qatl , he would be guilty of Qatal-i-Amd , Shall be punished with imprisonment for either description for a term which may extend to ten years. an shall also be liable to fine.
    a few months before, A Pakistani women Fakhira Younas who was victim of acid attack Committed suicide, after a decade when the law failed to provide her justice . Such type of attitude towards a women is only insult of a women , but it is insult of entire human creature, It is insult of Adam and Eve , It is insult of a mother and insult of a daughter .
    The Government should implement the Law , and exemplary punishment must be awarded to the wrong doers and Govt should set a lesson for others to restraint other from doing the same offence.Recommend

  • Sabih Shad
    Oct 20, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Incomplete reporting!

    Was an FIR registered? Did the civil servant refuse to register it?

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  • Kanwal
    Oct 20, 2012 - 10:25PM

    I think death sentence is not the solution: thats not even justice. The correct sentence for such heinous crimes is to make the criminals suffer the way this woman is going to suffer the rest of her life. Recommend

  • Romo
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:37AM

    @Kanwal
    In principle I agree, but I think that a death sentence would put a greater fear of God in the potential perpetrators and make them think long and hard before they decided to commit this heinous crime.

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  • Suliman
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:45AM

    @Sabih Shad:
    It has been clearly stated that police registered an FIR.Recommend

  • plz
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:35AM

    @Kanwal:
    You make a lot of sense. Congrats!

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