Karachi: Refusal of marriage proposal led to acid attack on 2 girls
KARACHI: Two teenage girls were brought to Karachi’s Civil Hospital (CHK) on Sunday night for treatment of severe acid burns. The girls were targeted after one of them refused a marriage proposal.
This is the first reported incident of acid-throwing since parliament passed a bill earlier this month. The legislation makes acid–throwing an act of crime against women and levies harsh punishments against such acts.
The Acid Control and Prevention Bill, 2010, unanimously approved in the Senate on December 12, is being heralded as a historic step in creating effective legislation for women’s rights in Pakistan.
The bill states that anyone who is found guilty of engaging in the act of acid-throwing will be given a prison sentence of at least 14 years, or will have to pay a fine of approximately Rs1 million, or both.
The bill was initially presented last year by then MNA Marvi Memon, MNA Begum Nawaz Sheikh and Advocate Anusha Rehman in a bid to stop incidents of violence against women.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) DSP Abdul Fateh Sangri said on Monday that the acid-throwing incident took place in North Karachi. The victims were, Erum, daughter of Noorul Din, and Zareen, daughter of Dr Zahid, both 18 years of age.
The investigation revealed that some two weeks ago a marriage proposal was sent to Zareen’s family by a man named Kamran. Zareen’s family refused the proposal because the suitor belonged to a different religious sect. The rejection fueled an argument between the two families. However, the matter was resolved through mediation by an elder.
Though the dispute had been settled, Zareen’s family kept receiving threats for Kamran. On Sunday night, Zareen left her home to go to Erum’s house, which was next door.
Kamran was standing just outside Zareen’s house when she left. He followed her into Erum’s house where he started arguing and demanded that he be left alone with Zareen. The girls refused and insisted that he leave the house.
An infuriated Kamran took out a bottle of acid and threw it at Zareen; however, Erum jumped in the way to protect her friend, and was injured in the process. The attacker fled.
Family members immediately took the girls to the CHK. Doctors say that Zareen had suffered minor acid burns, while Erum’s injuries were more serious in nature. Zareen was released from the hospital but Erum is still under treatment.
DSP Sangri said that after recording the girls’ statements and completing the necessary legal formalities, he immediately ordered a raid to arrest the suspect.
Surjani Town police arrested Kamran in a late-night raid and lodged an FIR against him. Further investigations are under way.
In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was gang-raped and murdered on Monday. Her body with head missing was found in Gulshan-i-Hadeed.
The corpse rolled in a blanket was recovered from the bushes in Phase-II of Gulshan-i-Hadeed in the Steel Town police limits.
According to police, the woman was brutally tortured and there were no clothes on her body. However, the police could not recover her head despite making a search in the surrounding areas along the National Highway. The postmortem report showed that the woman was gang-raped by the culprits.
A message was aired on police control so that if any complaint was lodged at any police station of the city regarding the missing of the young woman, it could be referred to the Steel Town police station. Also on Monday, the body of a man was found lying in two pieces near Kakri Ground in the Kharadar police limits.
Police said that the man was kidnapped from some unknown place by unidentified criminals, who tortured him brutally, pumped bullets into him and later cut his body into two pieces. The police thought that the murder was committed over some enmity.
In a separate incident, two groups of drug pushers clashed in Bengali Para in Machhar Colony in the Docks police limits on Monday afternoon in which one Ibrahim suffered serious injuries and later expired.