Islamabad: Woman, 2 others arrested for throwing acid on banker
ISLAMABAD: The police have arrested a woman for her alleged involvement in acid–throwing act on a bank manger last Wednesday in revenge, probably, the first ever episode of acid throwing by a woman on a man, the police spokesman said. Murad Amer Shah, a bank officer, hailing from Chakwal and living in Islamabad at House–171, Street–78, Sector E-11/2, lodged a complaint with the Golra Police Station that he was serving as a manager with a private bank in Sector F-10 and was present at his home on January 23, when someone knocked at the door, adding that as he opened the door, the caller threw acid on his face and body while his other aide was on the motorbike and both ran away from the site after their act.
He said that they wanted to kill him. The local police registered the case according to section 324/34 and started investigation.
A police team led by ASP Rana Tahir and comprising Inspector Ch Muhammad Aslam and Sub-Inspector Nusrat managed to arrest the accused Naveed, son of Ayub Bhatti, a resident of Sector G-8, Amir Basharat, son of Basharat Masih of G-8 and the woman and started the investigation.
According to details, Murad Amer Shah, a manager of F-10 Branch of SAMBA Bank was present at his home on Wednesday night at about 8.30 p.m., when his door was knocked and as he opened the door he found two bike riders standing at his door, the people close to the victim told ‘The News’, adding that one of the accused came close to him and suddenly threw acid on his face and tried to run away, but the injured banker, clutched him from back when he was riding the bike and dragged him towards his door while the other managed to escape from the scene.
The victim was later identified as Naveed Masih, who was working as a car-washer in front of Murad’s bank. Consequently, he handed him over to the Golra Police. During the preliminary investigation, Naveed disclosed the identity of his other aide, as Amer Masih.
The police sources told this correspondent that during the course of investigation, the two car washers disclosed that Saima Pervez, a resident of Sector E-11/2, working with another bank as officer, was behind the crime as she had hired them for throwing acid on the face of Murad Amer Shah.
Telling the background story of the episode, the police sources said that there were, alleged, relations between the victim and the accused woman and both had decided to tie the nuptial knot, but recently Murad got married to another woman and betrayed Saima Pervez, consequently, she decided to take extreme step of mutilating his face and hired Naveed Masih and Amer Masih by paying them heavy amount to throw acid on him.
Later, the victim, Murad Amer Shah was shifted to PIMS in critical condition. According to Dr. Waseem Khawaja, spokesman for the PIMS, the victim was still in critical condition and the acid affected right side of his face and ear as well as legs and belly.
Dr. Waseem Khawaja, quoting a psychologist’s report said that the act of acid throwing — also known as vitriolage — is a revenge attack carried out to deliberately injure or disfigure victims.
Often, the assaults are carried out because the victim has, in some way, ‘dishonoured’ the attacker. The acid is usually thrown in their face or over their body, burning skin, damaging tissue, often exposing the bones and — in some cases — dissolving them, Dr. Khawaja maintained, adding blindness and permanent scarring are long-term consequences of attacks.
A police officer, an expert in the investigation of such cases, said when contacted for his comments, that using acid as a weapon to disfigure women has become a worrying trend in Pakistan. But now the tables seem to have been turned on them and Pakistani men are reported to be facing the brunt of ‘revenge attacks’ launched by women.
The government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks. Convicts would serve at least 14 years in jail, he added.
Pakistan, a traditionally patriarchal society, has seen a sudden and mysterious rise in acid attacks being carried out against men by women, he maintained.
The officer said that the rise in attacks on men emerged following the suicide of a Pakistani woman, who was scarred in an acid attack more than a decade ago.
The officer said that the government should put ban on acid selling and some law should be made to control the increasing offence of acid throwing, which is easily available in open market.