Pakistan

MULTAN (Staff Report) – A woman received burn injuries when acid was thrown on her in Basti Malook police precincts.

According to police sources, Nusrat Bibi alias Sonia Bibi (20), wife of Ghulam Rasool, was sleeping in her house when acid was thrown at her. Her face and one arm were affected and she was shifted to Nishtar Hospital by Rescue 1122.

The police registered a case and arrested Ghulam Rasool, husband of the victim, for investigation.

Between 150 and 400 cases of acid attacks are reported in Pakistan every year, Dawn reported.

As many as 80 percent of the victims are women, and almost 70 per cent are below 18. Such attacks are not aimed at killing the victim but to cause disfigurement, and often cause blindness, hearing loss and physical and mental pain.

Statistics show that a common trigger behind these attacks is domestic dispute.

Besides domestic disputes, motives behind these cases include personal revenge, monetary and property disputes, rejection of marriage proposals, suspicions of illicit relations and marriage of choice.