He divorced her in February
A Baldia Town resident threw acid on his ex-wife for reportedly posting videos on TikTok, the Saeedabad police confirmed Saturday.
The man attacked the woman near Kabari Chowk’s Sector 9.
The woman, identified as Rimsha, was moved to a private healthcare facility and then referred to Dr Ruth KM Pfau Civil Hospital for treatment.
Dr Ehmer Al-Ibran, who is heading the Burns Centre at CHK, told SAMAA Digital that the woman’s upper torso has been 36% burned.
The woman’s family said that she worked at the city courts and was associated with a law firm. She also used to post videos on TikTok in her free time.
Briefing the journalists outside Burns Centre, the victim family accused Rimsha’s ex-husband, identified as Zeeshan, of throwing acid on her.
Nazia, the victim’s mother, told SAMAA Digital she saw Zeeshan on a motorcycle outside their house when she was leaving for work early Saturday morning. “There was a plain plastic bottle in his hand with a liquid inside that looked like petrol,” she shared.
“Forty minutes after I left the house, my eldest daughter started calling me. I could hear screams and chaos on the other side. I could comprehend only one thing: Rimsha pe acid phenk diya hay [Someone has thrown acid on Rimsha]” Nazia said.
It took the family three hours to take Rimsha to the hospital. “My daughter’s back, neck and torso have been completely burned.”
She shared that Rimsha and Zeeshan tied the knot in 2019. “Zeeshan was not even 18 years when he married my daughter.” Four months into the marriage, Zeeshan started beating Rimsha. “I remember the first time she came back home, her eyes were swollen blue and her nose was bleeding. There were multiple scratch marks across her body.”
This happened again six months later. “Zeeshan slapped Rimsha in public and left her outside a park at 3am.”
When the beatings increased, the survivor’s family even went to the police to register a case against Zeeshan. The police, however, told them to sort the matter on their own.
Rimsha then decided to apply for khula and the marriage dissolved in February this year. She took up a job and decided to continue her studies.
“Zeeshan became jealous of her and he grew insecure when he realised that she didn’t need him anymore.” He started stalking her and used to stop her from going to work. He even forced her to go with him to his house,” she added.
The woman claimed that Zeeshan’s father is very powerful. He has been bribing people to protect his son.
Nazia remarked the doctors are not really very hopeful. “My daughter keeps saying me she wants to give up. But I tell her to fight because this is the perfect revenge on people like Zeeshan,” she added.
Baldia Town Superintendent of Police Faizan Ali said that the couple had parted ways in February this year. He shared that Rimsha’s family had contacted the Saeedabad police a few months ago after Zeeshan was forcibly trying to take Rimsha to his house.
The police called both the families and listened to their concerns. Zeeshan’s father had even submitted a written surety that his son will not force Rimsha to live with him forcefully.
When asked if Rimsha was attacked for filming TikTok videos, the SP replied that he doesn’t know, adding that “it is yet to be ascertained that why Zeeshan attacked her.”
The police are conducting raids to arrest the suspect, the SP said.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail condemned the acid attack. He asked for a detailed report on it from Karachi Addl IGP and ordered the suspect’s arrest.
He directed the authorities to ensure that the survivor receives the best medical care.
According to the Acid Survivors Foundation, Pakistan, the total number of acid attacks victims from 2007 to 2018 was 1,186. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says that 31 acid attacks were reported in 2017, a whopping 67 in 2018 and 34 in 2019. But those are just the cases that have been reported.
These attacks are not new to our society, yet they continue despite a ban on the public sale and purchase of acid.
Under Section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code, public dealing of acid and other corrosive substances is banned. Offenders are punishable under Section 336(B) of the PPC, which has maximum life imprisonment. The minimum is not less than 14 years with a fine of Rs1 million.
If you or anyone you know is a survivor of domestic violence, then you can contact the following organisations.