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Acid attack condemned , Karachi


Acid attack condemned

Aurat   Foundation’s Karachi office organized a demonstration to condemn acid attack on 19  years  old  Rahila  Rahim.  The demonstration was held on Friday, August 7, 2015, near Sindh Assembly building.  Several civil society organization and human rights activists also joined in the demonstration to express solidarity with  the families of victims.  While speaking on the occasion, Ms Mahnaz Rahman, Resident Director, said it is a very painful situation that during last two month 4 acid burn cases are reported in Karachi. She lamented on the non-implementation of the Acid Control and Crime Prevention Bill, 2010, that was passed by the National Assembly in May 2011.

Six-month-old Mohammad Hadi with deep scars left by acid burns on the left side of his face was in Rahila Rahim’s lap when acid was thrown on her face. Rahila was severely injured and deformed in the attack. The assailant was her ex-fiancé, angry at her for refusing to marry him.

Rahila’s family along with infant nephew were present at the demonstration. Her sister Nausheen Aftab, the baby’s mother, said that he was scarred for life. Meanwhile, Rahila, the real target of the heinous attack, has lost one eye and her face is unrecognizable. “She can barely see from her good eye, too. She was a very pretty girl. We can’t bear to see her now,” her sister said.

Another victim Sidra’s mother, Kaniz Bano, said her daughter was just going somewhere with her sister when they were approached by a boy in their Baldia Town neighbourhood. “He asked Sidra to marry him and when she refused he threw acid on her. My daughter’s entire face is destroyed with her losing sight in one eye,” the mother said.

Farzana, mother of 15-year-old Zakia, another acid attack victim, said that her daughter was doing laundry at home and she herself was out for grocery shopping while her husband was at his job when four men and three women sneaked inside their home from the door left open by their younger children playing in the street.

A fourth case highlighted by the protesters was that of air hostess Zainab. There, too, she had refused a marriage proposal.

The protesters raised slogans about acid being cheaper than flour here. “It’s so easily accessible. The shops selling it don’t even think twice. We want it sold under licence only with the buyers also submitting a copy of their national identity card to the sellers,” said Malka khan of the Aurat Foundation.

“These four acid attack cases happened over a period of two months only. The victims are facing a fate worse than death,” she added. “We want the toughest punishments for the attackers.”