MULTAN: A woman and her one-year-old child suffered burns with acid in Sahiwal on Sunday when her former husband attacked her with acid.
Police said 25-year-old Zainab Bibi had divorced her former husband Muhammad Afzal who had been beating her after their daughter was born.
She had married again a few months ago.
Police said on Sunday morning, the woman was asleep at home with her daughter Saira in Shah Kot near Cheechawatni.
They said Muhammad Afzal and his friend Muhammad Yaseen scaled the wall of the house and had poured a bottle of acid on Bibi and the child.
They then fled, leaving the woman and the child screaming. Police said some neighbours took the victims to Cheechawatni THQ Hospital. Doctors at the hospital told The Express Tribune that 90 per cent of Bibi’s face had been burnt.
They said she had 40 per cent burns overall.
They said 30 per cent of the child’s face was burnt.
They said Bibi was in a critical condition while the child was stable.
Medical Superintendent Mehmood Akhtar said later said they had been taken to Sahiwal District Headquarters Hospital. He said they might be taken to Lahore or Multan for surgery.
DSP Farrukh Javed said he had constituted a police team to apprehend the accused.
He said Bibi had told police that Afzal had told her that he would also kill her parents for allowing her to marry a second time.
He said Yaseen had been arrested but the police was still searching for Afzal.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2014.
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