Pakistan: Christian woman dies from acid attack for refusing to marry Muslim man

Dawn, April 23, 2018.

A Christian woman, who was hospitalised with 90 per cent burns in a Lahore hospital after she came under an acid attack last week for reportedly turning down a Muslim man’s marriage proposal, succumbed to her wounds on Monday after putting up a five-day long fight for life.

According to the deceased girl’s father, Yaqub Masih, a man named Rizwan threw acid on his daughter Asima, 24, on April 18.

Yaqub, a labourer of Pakpura area in Sialkot, said her daughter had refused to marry Rizwan because of the difference of religion. He said according to the local doctors, 90pc body of Asima was burnt in the acid attack.

She had to be shifted to the Mayo Hospital in Lahore due to her life-threatening injuries. There is no burn unit at the Government Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital in Sialkot.

Yaqub said instead of registering the acid throwing case, the Sialkot Civil Line police had changed the nature of the crime in the first information report, stating she was set ablaze by the accused.

He had alleged that police exploited them because of their illiteracy, and got their thumb impressions on blank papers.

The family with other local Christians had protested against the police for changing the nature of the offence in the FIR….