Acid attacks: Police delays suspect’s production ‘to complete interrogation’

Published: May 1, 2012
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Hussain was arrested on Saturday for throwing acid on a woman on resisting sexual assault. DESIGN: EMA ANIS

Hussain was arrested on Saturday for throwing acid on a woman on resisting sexual assault. DESIGN: EMA ANIS

BAHAWALPUR: 

A man arrested by Meerapur police for an acid attack on Saturday has yet to produce in the court.

Investigation officer Fazal  Bhatti said they were interrogating the suspect, Khadim Hussain, about the whereabouts of his two accomplices. They said Hussain would be produced in a court in two days.

Hussain was arrested on Saturday for throwing acid on a woman on resisting sexual assault.

In her complaint, Shazia Bibi*, a resident of Muradpur Basti in Mailsi, accused Hussain, a neighbour, and his two accomplices of kidnapping her from her house and trying to rape her on Friday night. She said the three men threw acid on her and fled as some passersby were drawn to the scene by her cries for help.

Shazia Bibi is under treatment at the Mailsi tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital where doctors now describe her condition as out of danger. They say she has burn wounds on over 50 per cent of her body (on abdomen and legs). She would be moved to a hospital in Multan or Bahawalpur once her condition becomes stable. Recovery would take about four months, they said.

In another incident, two sisters were attacked with acid on Saturday by an unidentified men in Ahmedpur. The attack took place in a market near their home. They were taken to a hospital where doctors treating them described their condition as “now out of danger. They said both women had suffered burns over 40 per cent of their bodies.

City police say they have yet to arrest any suspects.

*Name of the victim has been changed to protect her identity

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.

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