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SIALKOT: A man allegedly threw acid on a girl and her three sisters here on Tuesday over rejection of his marriage proposal in Bonkan-Pakka Ghara locality of the city.

Police said suspect Qasim, stated to be a quack, had his clinic in the area. His wife had died about six months ago and he wanted to marry a girl of the area. The girl rejected the proposal which infuriated Qasim.

On Tuesday, he visited the house of Afshan (20) and threw acid on her and her three siblings Amina, (8), Jannat, (6), and Ayesha, (7). Neighbours gathered there when the girls raised a hue and cry.

Later, Rescue 1122 shifted the injured to Government Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital in a critical condition.

The doctors said Afshan suffered 40 per cent acid burns to her head, 20pc to face, hands and arms. They said Jannat sustained 20pc burns to her arms. Ayesha and Amina suffered minor burns as acid fell on their clothes.

Muradpur police have arrested suspect Qasim and registered a case against him. Police said he confessed to throwing acid on the girls for rejecting his marriage proposal.

Published in Dawn, February 14th, 2018