Photo shows acid-burn marks on the face of 18-year-old actress Bushra shortly before she was taken to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.—Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photo shows acid-burn marks on the face of 18-year-old actress Bushra shortly before she was taken to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital.—Photo courtesy Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: A young Pashto actress suffered critical burn injuries Saturday after a local TV drama producer allegedly threw acid on her while she was asleep in her home, family members claimed.

Akhtar Waiz, the brother of 18-year-old Bushra, told Dawn.com that the family was asleep in the courtyard of their home in Nowshera early Saturday when the attacker barged into the house, throwing acid on Bushra. The brother said his feet were also burnt with drops of acid.

Bushra, who is also known as Shazia Aziz, is a Pashto-language singer, actress and theatre artist from Pabbi area in Nowshera district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The family members of the young actress have accused her producer Shaukat Khan, who had been forcing her for marriage and was also not willing to pay her the money he owed her for her work, they claim.

“I couldn’t see him myself but I am sure he was Shaukat as my sister had refused to continue working in his dramas and that’s why he resorted to this act of violence,” he alleged.

The actress was brought to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital with severe burn injuries on the right side of her face. Doctors said her right leg and arm were also badly affected by the highly concentrated acid.

Bushra’s right eye was also swollen but doctors said she may not have lost her vision, and was in her senses when brought to the hospital.

“My daughter used to work as an actress and was hired by a producer named Shaukat Khan to act in his stage dramas and plays…but he was not willing to pay her and this led to a number of verbal arguments following which she refused to continue her acting,” said the victim’s mother.

“We have registered a case against Shaukat Khan as he was also forcing her to marry him,” she said. Ijaz Khan, the chief officer (SHO) at Pabbi police station confirmed an FIR (police report) has been registered against Shaukat Khan on the complaint of the victim’s family.

Khan said the police have initiated its investigation.

The accused, Shaukat Khan, was unavailable for comment.

Acid attacks on the rise in northwest Pakistan

Bushra is only the most recent victim of acid attacks – a crime that experts say is on the rise in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In year 2012, 150 acid attack cases were registered in Pakistan, 30 of which were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mardan district alone.

According to the Islamabad-based NGO, Acid Survivors Foundation, the data shows an upward trend in this form of violence on womenfolk. 45 per cent of the acid attacks are the result of family feuds while 17 per cent are linked to over marriage refusals.

Keeping in view the population of KP, the number of reported cases has put the province at a higher risk of acid-related violence, said ASF Pakistan chairperson Valerie Khan Yousafzai.

Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan and Mardan are the districts where such cases have been reported in the last few years while no proper legislation exists for punishing the perpetrators of the crime, she said.

According to a report by the Aurat Foundation in January 2013, although the total number of report cases of violence against women has decreased by 12 per cent, a deeper analysis shows a significant 89 per cent increase in reported cases of acid-throwing, followed by a 62 per cent rise in domestic violence.

Qamar Naseem, coordinator at women’s rights organization Blue Veins said that the rising trend of using acid as “a weapon against women in KP/FATA is really alarming and needs to be curbed.”

Naseem said that although the Acid Crime and Control Act, 2010 provides protection to victims and punishment to perpetrators of life terms in prison and Rs 500,000 fine, there is a dire need for its implementation.

He urged the provincial government to restrict the sale of acids in the open market, and to come up with comprehensive legislation to stop this form of violence against women.


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Dixit
Jun 22, 2013 12:27pm

Acid attacks should be taken as murder because they almost destroy the life of a person for ever.

aamir cheema
Jun 22, 2013 01:40pm

bad luck, part of game, result of turning down a lover

Faiza
Jun 22, 2013 02:45pm

"Apparently, Shazia

Ejaz ur rehman
Jun 22, 2013 02:51pm

@Dixit: Very sad .

Smz Afridi
Jun 22, 2013 03:15pm

@Dixit: i am also going to do so

Shafiq Khan
Jun 22, 2013 04:48pm

Mr Sherazi please do not use the word "shifted" for human beings when a word,"moved" is simpler and correct. Shafiq

Armagan Akram
Jun 22, 2013 04:50pm

this shoudl be treated as attempted murder, acid throwers should be put to death.

RASHID
Jun 22, 2013 05:10pm

AN EYE FOR AN EYE,A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH,A HAND FOR A HAND ,A FOOT FOR A FOOT.

MAK (usa)
Jun 22, 2013 06:45pm

A country , a society beyond redemption. Inflicting pain, misery , death are modes of thinking guided by misinterperetation of Islam..

Zaki N
Jun 22, 2013 06:46pm

@Dixit: worse than murder- murder ends the life, such attack perpetuates life long pain & misery.

SM
Jun 22, 2013 07:43pm

How is this still allowed to happen!? A woman says a no and she has her entire life destroyed.

sali
Jun 22, 2013 08:13pm

What a pathetic society we have become? This is outrageous but nothing will be done to stop the next one.

Allah Warayo
Jun 22, 2013 08:35pm

It's a worst injury the police should never let that shaukat khan free. She's just 18 years old. OMG ........ :(

Allah Warayo
Jun 22, 2013 08:33pm

It's a worst injury the police should never let that shaukat khan free. She's just 18 years old. OMG ........ :(

khan
Jun 22, 2013 08:39pm

@Dixit: It's worse than murder,same acid should be thrown on culprit by victim,and then he should be hanged.

Malik
Jun 22, 2013 08:42pm

First, she should be given the best care. If not enough medical care possible, she should be flown overseas. Let the best medical care should help her. She is a beautiful child. It is shameful that things like this sort happens in this modern age. Can this culprit be caught, and given exemplary punishment.

pk surendran
Jun 22, 2013 08:47pm

and, we expect the man to be let go with a warning.........that is the usual trend

Kam East
Jun 22, 2013 08:55pm

@Dixit: Thats the problem with Pakistanis, they have no brains. There is really no need for legislation. In UK if an attack is so severe that it can cause death, the prosecution proceeds with a charge of attempted murder. Throwing acid in the face is akin to attempted murder. Stupid govt should make it a capital crime punishable with death penalty so as to aid the prosecution in making common sense decisions.!!!

Shaukat Raja
Jun 22, 2013 08:59pm

Mr. Shaukat needs to be dosed in acid from head to toe. Keerocine will just do fine too albeit he should be dosed fully and properly and of course match to be lit by famous 18 year old Ms. Bushra. You tube video will just do fine ..so large number of viewers can be entertained by this stage drama. Unless this happens these acid attacks will not stop. Make a living example of him .. parade him in the Mardan district for few months.. Every street of the district. He needs to visit

Anees
Jun 22, 2013 09:22pm

What is the authenticity of your facts/data here?

Tariq Mehsud
Jun 22, 2013 09:47pm

If the honorable judge orders a swift death penalty for one such a case like this i am sure criminals will think twice.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune
Jun 22, 2013 10:36pm

There are some people in Islam that they think that Allah send them to secure their religion from other influence. So in such case Allah will forgive him by destroying someone's life??

rana1
Jun 22, 2013 10:36pm

@SM: if only they would follow the tenets set in Islam .When the mixing of men and women becomes free,then incidents such as these are bound to happen,as every individual feels he or she can break the rules set by religion or society and become a master of the other parties destiny.

Dar
Jun 22, 2013 10:46pm

@Dixit: its should not be consider as murder. find this person, and put the same acid 10 times more on his whole face and rest of the body. and then give him the poor treatment just to ensure his survival. after that he should be put to jail. brought to the foot path 365 days a year and forced to beg. people should spit on their face and pay money. the criminal gets the spit while money is paid to the original victim for the rest of the life.

Raza
Jun 22, 2013 10:53pm

The civility of any society is judged by how that society treats the most vulnerable in its folds. These actions and what steps we take to prevent them is our report card. We are consistently getting a failing grade here. To men who commit such crimes I want to shout out that," Women are not property you bronze-age people!!!"

I cannot even comprehend how an adult male can carry out this dastardly act towards such a beautiful segment of our society. These perpetrators deserve to be treated worse than animals. Very much upset on this event as I can neither prevent it nor provide relief and comfort to the victims.

just_someone
Jun 23, 2013 12:39am

Why are such concentrated acids sold so freely when we know they are used for these purposes by barbaric individuals? These type of acids are for industrial purposes and their sale should be strictly monitored!

ashwmirza@yahoo.com
Jun 23, 2013 01:01am

OMG.......my heart goes out to victim Bushra and his family. Any one through acid to victims, must be given DEATH PENALTY in front of PUBLIC RYES.............NO EXCUSE... some criminals have no fear of LAW. Reason bcoz they know if they give some cash money (BRIBE) than they can get by even with murder.......very SAD. Only people of Pakistan can bring the solution. Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA

Shabyto
Jun 23, 2013 01:07am

They should not allow acid in every country that have this custom

Yankee cricket Lover
Jun 23, 2013 01:44am

@Dixit: This should be turned into a capital crime and the offender should be given death penalty.

Mohammed Malik
Jun 23, 2013 02:09am

We are loosing out Islamic cultute.

Ajaya K Dutt
Jun 23, 2013 05:52am

As per Islamic law, the perpetrator should be bound and then acid thrown on his face also. Any chance of implementing this "Just" law.

Nope. Even if there were "Four" "male" "Muslim" present and agree to be witness.

Janikhel
Jun 23, 2013 06:36am

@SM: Why are the Acid attacks happening, because it is Pakistani democracy, so is murders, it has become a land of muliple Mafias, shame on the leadership.

BK
Jun 23, 2013 06:59am

A shameful and an extremely cowardly act...now what - does the man who threw acid feels like a much bigger man, has his masculinity increased?

Seriously I think men who throw acid on women should have acid thrown on them too. They should go through the same pain and should understand that women are no less than them and have equal rights as fellow humans.

jalal
Jun 23, 2013 08:23am

it is very bad incident with Bushra , she is really disturbed, allah safe her health

Ash Mirza
Jun 23, 2013 10:16am

@Dixit: I agree 100% no doubt what so ever in my mind......... Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)

Irshad K
Jun 23, 2013 10:20am

The coward man who threw acid at the girl should get exactly same punishment, he should be tied down to the floor and acid be poured at his face and then at his entire body. Also make sure a full size mirror is available so that he can look at his face in the mirror after the acid melted his face.

Anis Ahmad Fatehpuri
Jun 23, 2013 04:34pm

@Dixit: Its Islamic country, I would like to see the Islamic verdict.

baal
Jun 24, 2013 02:54am

very sad

Ronz
Jun 24, 2013 09:31am

@Anis Ahmad Fatehpuri: Try to act on Isalmic principles, then expect the Islamic Law.

Hg
Jun 24, 2013 12:57pm

So glad it appears she can still see out of both eyes.

Sikander
Jun 24, 2013 01:47pm

Since Zardari pardoned death sentence in Pakistan, the killers are not afraid of killing people and killing spree is on for a long time in Pakistan. Killers and acid throwers must be hanged till death. For them a separate Sharia court should be established for quick trials and they must put to death within days. This will help eradicate killings and a custom of acid throwing.

Sikander
Jun 24, 2013 02:04pm

What a beautiful face of Shazia Aziz. It is pity that she was attacked in this way. Acid throwers should be punished severely for their crimes. An urgent call without delay: I urge Supreme court and parliament to pass a law under which the culprits should be given death penalty. The problem in our country is that the accused move freely and if they are caught, they have all the facilities in the cells, then they are bailed out and when they are tried in court, they are set freed for not having enough evidence. This case should be taken seriously and should make sure that acid attacks cases will not be repeated by awarding very serious punishments to the attackers.

Mateen
Jun 24, 2013 03:53pm

People forget that first of all, Most Muslim countries have little women's rights as people will justify a woman's submissive position through Islam. - Secondly, most Muslim countries are also very archaic/patriarchial where it's EXPECTED that a woman's position is under a man's foot.

Just check this BBC link on - Egypt's sexual harassment of women 'epidemic' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19440656

When I visit Gujranwala, Pakistan and ask my female cousins to also come with us to a park and have fun outside, her brother will say it's useless as other men will whistle or make rude remarks. In Rawalpindi he says it's safer as the population is more educated and civilized.

So now compare Gujranwala to Swat or KHPK. These kinds of phenomena will NOT go away until the general population has gone through school and these remote, rural areas have gone through modern development. It's all a result of primitiveness and backward, junglementality.

Ofcourse the government can also help by making crimes against women more severe. They can also make it MANDATORY for all women of Pakistan to finish METRIC level education or the family faces fines.

Cheers to this brave girl for standing up against that pig who thinks he owns her body because he's a man.

Omar
Jun 24, 2013 04:07pm

Its a very barbaric solution, but we have become such a savage country that the only way to fix this is to arrest the doers and subject them to the same treatment as their unfortunate victims

Lakhkar Khan
Jun 24, 2013 06:24pm

@Anis Ahmad Fatehpuri:

I would like to see the Pashtun verdict.

M. A. Naz
Jun 25, 2013 03:08am

I fully agree with Omar "Its a very barbaric solution, but we have become such a savage country that the only way to fix this is to arrest the doers and subject them to the same treatment as their unfortunate victims" from M. A. Naz, UK (London)

WTH
Jun 25, 2013 03:56am

Comment of AAMIR CHEEMA got unattented.

desiinpardes
Jun 25, 2013 04:03am

I still don't understand one thing is that how come people are easily able to buy such dangerous acids from shops. Government should regulate it and it should be treated as if someone is buying a gun. Shop owners who sell these acids should also be made responsible for these crimes. At the minimum shop owners can keep the data of person buying the acid and hand it over to police if any incident happens in their vicinity to help police investigate.