FOR SHAME!

This horrific story just wiped the smile right off my face.  Until the entire world reacts against governments who have no respect for women, such attacks will go on and on and on.  Her husband should have acid thrown on him to feel for himself how his wife suffered.

Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack which left her looking ‘not human’

  • Fakhra Younus said ‘My face is a prison’ after attack which melted her nose
  • She had undergone 39 separate surgeries to repair damage
  • Leapt to her death from sixth floor Rome building earlier this month
  • Her ex-husband was charged with attempted murder in 2002 but has since been acquitted

By Chris Parsons

A Pakistani former dancing girl left fighting for life by a ‘horrific’ acid attack has committed suicide a decade after being heavily facially disfigured.

Fakhra Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12 years after the acid attack which she said left her looking ‘not human’.

At the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the man accused of entering her mother’s house and pouring acid over Younus’s face as she slept.

Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face
Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face

Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face

The attack, which took place in front of Younus’s then five-year-old son, left her unable to breathe and fighting for life.

Her nose was almost completely melted and she has since undergone 39 separate surgical procedures to repair her disfigured face over the past decade.

The horrific attack also burned off her hair, fused her lips, blinded her in one eye, destroyed her left ear and melted her breasts.

After being rushed to hospital she said, ‘My face is a prison to me’, while her distraught young son said at the time, ‘This is not my mother’.

Disfigured: Younus, left, pictured with supporter Tehmina Durrani, has undergone 39 separate surgical operations to repair the damage done to her faceDisfigured: Younus, left, pictured with supporter Tehmina Durrani, has undergone 39 separate surgical operations to repair the damage done to her face

The mother-of-one moved to Italy after the incident to live in Rome and continue her treatment.

But on March 17 she took her own life, after leaving a message saying she was committing suicide over the silence of law on the atrocities and the insensitivity of Pakistani rulers.

Cleared: Younus's ex-husband Bilal Khar, the son of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was cleared in 2003 of charges relating to the attackCleared: Younus’s ex-husband Bilal Khar, the son of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was cleared in 2003 of charges relating to the attack

Bilal Khar was arrested in 2002 and charged with attempted murder following the attack, only to be released on bail after five months.

Khar, an ex-parliamentarian and son of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was eventually cleared of the attack, though many believe he could have used his family connections to escape conviction.

After Younus’s tragic suicide emerged earlier this month, Khar continued to deny having any part in the attack – claiming in a television interview a different man with the same name had carried out the crime.

Khar claimed his ex-wife killed herself because she didn’t have enough money, not because of her horrific injuries.

More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights organization.

The Pakistani government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks and stating that convicted attacks would serve at least 14 years in jail.

Tehmina Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar’s father, had become an advocate for Younus after the attack, and said the acid attack victim had pledged to bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.

Mourning: Fakhra Younus's body is carried through Karachi airport in her native Pakistan after her body was returned to the country from ItalyMourning: Fakhra Younus’s body is carried through Karachi airport in her native Pakistan after her body was returned to the country from Italy

Grief: Family members of Fakhra Younus cannot hide their anguish at Karachi airport as the acid attack victim's body was returned to Pakistan Grief: Family members of Fakhra Younus cannot hide their anguish at Karachi airport as the acid attack victim’s body was returned to Pakistan

Durrani said: ‘She said, ‘When I come back, I will reopen the case, and I’ll fight myself,” and she was a fighter.’

Durrani said Younus’ case should be a reminder that the Pakistani government needs to do much more to prevent acid attacks and other forms of violence against women, and also help the victims.

‘I think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security,’ said Durrani.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2121536/Former-Pakistani-dancing-girl-commits-suicide-12-years-horrific-acid-attack-left-looking-human.html#ixzz1qYhOoy6J

Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack which left her looking ‘not human’

  • Fakhra Younus said ‘My face is a prison’ after attack which melted her nose
  • She had undergone 39 separate surgeries to repair damage
  • Leapt to her death from sixth floor Rome building earlier this month
  • Her ex-husband was charged with attempted murder in 2002 but has since been acquitted

 

Life-changing: Fakhra Younus, pictured left before the horrific acid attack in May 2000, was left heavily facially disfigured after having acid thrown in her face

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8 Responses to FOR SHAME!

  1. Pandora says:

    Why on earth would they return her body to Pakistan?

  2. jeansasson says:

    I have no idea other than the fact her own family would like to have her there….

  3. Susanne Puca says:

    I am so angry, that in this day and age atrocities such as this is still being carried out on women, those, whose countries serve the men and women are second class citizens. Wake up world!!!!………It’s about time Countries treated their women with RESPECT.

  4. kirsty says:

    An event like this should have sparked global fury and prompted serious action; the fact that it hasn’t suggests women’s rights aren’t a global concern. I’m so deeply, deeply ashamed and disgusted by this story.

    • jeansasson says:

      I very very sadly agree with you — I have found that all governments, even those in the west, only USE women’s issues when they want something. I was so very upset that our president and his wife talked the talk about Afghan women when America attacked Afghanistan after 9/11 but didn’t walk the walk. It was a way to try to get Americans behind the war against Afghanistan, but in reality, we have done little or nothing to help women since that time. The president of Afghanistan acts as though he does not give a fig about Afghan women, in fact, I get the feeling that he SCORNS women — same thing in Pakistan. I really do not know the answer as so long as governments do not care about 50% of the human population, how on earth will we bring true change? I think about this problem every day of my life.

      While I am very fortunate that I have never once in my life been mistreated as a female, I feel so deeply for the women who are alone against the most horrific mistreatment, sometimes emotional and sometimes physical. We are half of the world, we should be able to gain respect from all.

      If I can think of something to do to shake up governments and cause them to take a second look at this situation, I will, but honestly, I don’t believe that women matter to those who rule, I honestly do not. Even when women get in power, they tend to emulate the men in power — I guess they think that is the only way to hold on to power… Thank you for writing Kirsty — as you see, my heart is full when it comes to this topic.

  5. Samia Zaheer says:

    I want to kill that man who made that lady commit suicide.

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