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Woman Attacked With Acid By Husband To “Save His Honor”

Woman Attacked With Acid By Husband To “Save His Honor”

A woman in Pakistan and some of her children were treated for acid burns in May after the woman was attacked by her husband, who was convinced she was having an affair and was trying to protect his “honor.”

From the Express Tribune:

Irshad, son of Mushtaq, was arrested by the Shah Faisal police with the help of a non-governmental organisation, Madadgaar, after an FIR (363/2010) was lodged against him.

Sultana, 35, married Irshad out of her own will. After their marriage, Irshad started suspecting her of having an affair and remained suspicious even after they had five children.

On May 27 this year, he threw acid on her face while she was sleeping. She received severe burns and was rushed to the Burns Centre at Civil Hospital, Karachi, by her in-laws, who threatened to harm her children if she told anyone who the culprit was.

During the acid attack, Sultana’s younger children were also injured.

On June 18, Madadgaar, the helpline for women and children, made a routine visit to the Burns Centre, where Sultana narrated her ordeal to their field officer, Bushra Syed.

The incident might have gone both unreported and unpunished if not for the Madagaar, as the woman was being threatened both by her husband and her family not to report the attack.

Acid attacks have been used previously as a weapon in Pakistan, as a way to instill fear in women.  The Express Tribune reports two attacks on five girls in April, and there appears to be little interest in either apprehending and punishing attackers or making sure that such things stop.

Balochistan Assembly member from the Kalat district, Rubina Irfan, expressed her dissatisfaction with the government’s efforts in dealing with the crimes, saying that not a single person was arrested in the past month and neither was a committee constituted to probe the matter. “I brought an adjournment motion regarding this crucial issue but instead of approving it for debate, the speaker disposed of the motion which shows the non-seriousness of the government in addressing women-related issues,” she said. Strongly criticising the law enforcement agencies, Irfan said it is astonishing that they have failed to trace culprits in towns so small that all the residents know each other.

Fear and intimidation is the mode of control over woman in the region, and until both politicians and law enforcement begin to punish those in the region who spread terror, women will never be able to walk in safety.

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11:02AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

So how do we (or anyone) get these officals to crack down on this abominable treatment of females, the politicans and police were brought up having the mindset that women were to be used and abused......so why
should we believe that they really want things
to change for women..........I don't believe for one second that that they have womens best interest at heart..

11:02AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

So how do we (or anyone) get these officals to crack down on this abominable treatment of females, the politicans and police were brought up having the mindset that women were to be used and abused......so why
should we believe that they really want things
to change for women..........I don't believe for one second that that they have womens best interest at heart..

11:01AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

So how do we (or anyone) get these officals to crack down on this abominable treatment of females, the politicans and police were brought up having the mindset that women were to be used and abused......so why
should we believe that they really want thingsp
to change for women..........I don't believe for one second that that they have ns

11:00AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

So how do we (or anyone) get these officals to crack down on this abominable treatment of females, the politicans and police were brought up having the mindset that women were to be used and abused......so why
should we believe that they really want things
to change for women..........I don't believe for one second that that they have ns

11:00AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

So how do we (or anyone) get these officals to crack down on this abominable treatment of females, the politicans and police were brought up having the mindset that women were to be used and abused......so why
should we believe that they really want things
to change for women..........I don't believe for one second that that they have ns

6:18AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

This is very barbaric to say the least. What would warrant men to do that to women just because they reject them. As long as the culture remains subservient to women it will continue. Wonder why the perpetrators are getting away with this and are not getting prosecuted. It is not alright to treat women like that. The law is not being enforced and the women are suffering as a result. Maybe it is some kind of macho thing where they are not getting consequence for their acts, so they will continue. It is a very sad culture toward women. What a shame that they have to suffer so much in the hands of men. I just Thank God we have rights here in the United States, and acts of violence or abuse do get prosecuted. I really feel bad for these women. Unless they can change some laws. It will always be this way..

10:15AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Hello Jelca,

I have no words as to the selfishness, cruelty and barbarity. With all the education and great upbringing I was luck enough to have, I would not be able to stop myself from throwing acid in his face.

I wish more Americans would define their dislike of this culture in terms of the rampant chauvinism that is built into the structure of the society - a woman is already disrespected from the moment she's born (a man just killed his wife for bearing them a 3rd daughter; this apparently just happened in Afghanistan). Proof positive - that from the moment of her birth, a woman has no equal chance.

For me, I have no hatred of any people, any religion. I am an atheist, and that frees me up to love everybody. i am glad I was brought up this way, so I can continue to study all religions, all prophets, and what they were each trying to bring to their people.

Sultana is now a hero (even though she was not intending to be) because the world will watch how she turns this tragedy into the best "positive" that she can. I wish her all my luck in the world.

Richard

3:34PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

What a weak 'man', and even worse his surrounding family. Such an low act and while she was sleeping. We'd think this whole family is psychotic.This goes on for generations, a culture creating its own selfdestruction. A babaric way and no way actually, to solve ones own low selfesteme. A culture build on fear, not a thing to guide you.
When will this neurotic way of thinking come to an end. How can two people build a family it not on basic trust. Its like old tribal laws but shouln't be allowed in modern communities.
Protect Sultana, she'll be wiser by experience and lead the new generation to letting go of fear as the only thing to be sure of. Sorry I'm not englisch but angry

2:49PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

Throwing acid in your wife's face plus burning your children is not honorable,it's misogyny.

9:10AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

There is no honor in killing or violence of any kind.

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