A man, identified as Irfan, threw acid on a woman for refusing his marriage proposal in Sansara Goraya area of Gujranwala, the police said on Tuesday.
According to the complaint, the survivor was attacked outside her house. “We were visiting my wife’s parents’ house when someone knocked on the door. My sister-in-law went outside to check. Irfan was on a motorcycle with his friend,” the woman’s brother-in-law told the police.
“When the survivor opened the door, Irfan threw acid on her and fled from the crime scene,” the investigation officer said.
The woman was rushed to the hospital. The doctors have declared her condition critical.
A case has been registered by the survivor’s brother-in-law at the Saddar police station under Section 336B (Punishment for hurt by corrosive substance) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
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.