Acid attack: Two women burned by husbands

Published: December 2, 2013
The man, 90, had suspected that his [young] wife was having an illicit relationship, said Police. PHOTO: FILE

The man, 90, had suspected that his [young] wife was having an illicit relationship, said Police. PHOTO: FILE


An elderly man was arrested on Sunday for throwing acid at his wife.

The woman was taken to the rural health centre, where she was said to be out of danger. Doctors treating her said her chest had been affected.

Police said they were told that Ghulam Qadir, a resident of Taranda Muhammad Panah, was suffering from a psychological disorder.

They said his wife had died a decade ago. A few years ago, they said, he married a young widow from the same village. Police quoted some neighbours as saying that Qadir suspected that his wife was having an illicit relationship. They said he often beat her and would stop after some neighbours’ intervention.

On Sunday, police said, some neighbours heard the woman’s cries. When they rushed to her rescue, they found that Qadir had thrown acid at her.

Police were called and Qadir was arrested. Police said they were investigating the matter.

“Burned for giving birth to a girl”

A woman was burned with acid allegedly by her husband apparently for giving birth to a girl, who their relatives said was thrown into a canal. The relatives told the police that the man told them that his wife had had a still birth.

The woman was taken to Nishtar Hospital in Multan where doctors said she had 60 per cent burns. They said she would likely survive.

The assailant fled and has been missing.

Police said the 22-year-old Saiqa Bibi* of Jinnah Colony in Jahanian had married Muhammad Alam, 24, a daily wager.

Saiqa Bibi told police that Alam had been quarreling with her since the day he discovered that she was pregnant with a girl. She said he often beat her publicly. She said he had wanted a son.

On Sunday, she said, shortly after she gave birth to a girl, he told the midwife to leave.

She said he took the newborn with him and returned a few hours later without it. He told them that the baby was dead and that he had thrown it in the Lower Bari Canal in Chak 10-R.

She said when she started shouting, he threw a jug full of acid at her that he had brought with him. He fled.

She said some neighbours rushed to help her and took her to the tehsil headquarters hospital, from where she was sent to Nishtar Hospital in Multan. Doctors treating her said her face was unharmed. They said her chest, abdomen and arms had been burned.

Khalida Bibi, an aunt of the woman, told police that she was at the house when Alam took the baby and attacked his wife.

She said he had taken the child as soon as it was born. She said she was not sure if the child was alive or not. “It wasn’t crying,” she said.

Jahanian SHO Asim Shaheen said the police were looking for Alam and the midwife. He said rescuers had been asked to look for the baby in the canal.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Zayyad
    Dec 2, 2013 - 9:43AM

    These poor women should not expect any justice from our system, but justice will eventually be done to their tormentors…for sure.


    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:49AM

    cruel husbands..both are responsible for these situations. They did for hiding their faults..both are completely sick!!!


  • GCBC
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:03AM

    I guess the men are completely ignorant of most things. If a baby is female it is the man’s fault. it’s simple genetics. a person has 2 gender chromosomes that decide if a child will be female or male. the female one is designated X and the male is Y. You get one from each parent. You can only get X from the mother but you can get an X or Y from the father. If the father gives his X with the mother’s X the child will have XX chromosomes and the child will be female. If the father gives his Y with the mothers X, the child will have XY and be a male. All females are XX and all males are XY. it’s the man’s sperm that decides the child’s gender.
    You people need to get a basic education. Most people learn this information before they are 10 yrs old.

    With regard to the acid attacks, what can I say, again it is ignorant barbaric people who are so weak that they must hurt others to make themselves feel good. it is also a barbaric culture that treats this behavior as if it is acceptable. The men in your country should grow up. the women are much more adult then the men. They have to be, they have no choice.


  • Moiz
    Dec 2, 2013 - 11:37AM

    Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting, this. Instead of consoling his wife on the loss of her daughter, assuming she was still-born as he claimed, he acted like HE was the victim.

    The other man too. Nauseating.


  • Toba Alu
    Dec 2, 2013 - 1:34PM


    Congrats, your are lucky that your explanation based on current (be it popular) knowledge/science is published. Mostly my comments are not published. I have given up. Wish you all well.


  • Moiz Omar
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:04PM

    People who throw acid at others should suffer the death penalty. Plain and simple. And if those ‘husbands’ really want to kill somebody over the birth of a baby girl instead of a baby boy, they should kill themselves. The males decide what gender the baby will be. Their bodies either give the X or Y chromosome which together with the mother’s X chromosome gives the baby’s gender. XX = Female. YX = Male.Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 2, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Sadly while the world progressed these kind of crimes are still seen in many south asian countries, we all south asians must unite in fighting these horrific mentalities in the region via the media


  • Baba Ji
    Dec 2, 2013 - 10:10PM

    An eye for an eye … thats what Islam also says … do this and NOONE will ever throw acid …


  • Lang Tu
    Dec 3, 2013 - 3:47AM

    @GCBC: men in my dad’s country aren’t all like that..this is village we are talking about where they don’t have proper food to eat… Besides apart from education it is a matter of sanity..Who cares whose fault it is? Why is even giving birth to a girl a fault in the first place? Well I do think before genetics and chromosomes they need enough education to become a human civilization before anything else… It is sad Government fails to do anything part from high prices and huge amount of taxes… I mean when we pay a HUGE amount of tax in London we see work in all such humanity areas not just building of infrastructure..


  • Saufsoldat
    Dec 3, 2013 - 4:48AM

    Similar stories from Pakistan make me ponder on wither the % of psychopaths in the general population there is considerably higher than elsewhere in the world, or is it religious/cultural tendencies and norms that simply “nurture” and encourage this kind of behavior?
    Each time I think they can’t top themselves with another heinous violation of human rights – they keep surprising me.


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