ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

1500 people fall victim to acid throwing yearly

Updated on October 11, 2012

Fakhra symbolizes the face of "acid terrorism"

In just 2 Pakistani towns between 1994 and 2008, more than 7,000 deliberate acid attacks have been committed vs women hideously disfiguring their faces including Fakhra Younus.  (before and after images)
In just 2 Pakistani towns between 1994 and 2008, more than 7,000 deliberate acid attacks have been committed vs women hideously disfiguring their faces including Fakhra Younus. (before and after images) | Source
Bilal Khar, alleged suspect was acquited
Bilal Khar, alleged suspect was acquited

Acid victims Fakhra Younus and others

Click here to join hubpages free to earn money like I do.

Acid attackers deserve capital punishment

<> Earn money even without writing a single article

According to Wikipedia, globally 1500 people mostly women have fallen victims to the dreaded crime of acid throwing yearly. A women’s group Aurat Foundation tallied a shocking figure of more than 8,500 acid attacks and other incidents of violence against women in Pakistan in 2011 alone.

Attackers usually target the face of their victims to disfigure them out of revenge or jealousy. In matter of minutes flesh and skin tissues are burned and disintegrated at the affected area, exposing most often facial bones. Blindness in both or either eye and permanent scarring of the injured areas are expected.

When intentions for the following issues: demands for dowry, sexual advances, proposal of marriage and land disputes are turned down, slighted attackers resort to the throwing of acid to their perceived enemies to exact revenge. Some of these crimes are carried out by wives versus their husbands’ other women. Some are committed by husbands against their wives for “dishonoring them”. Acid throwing victims include improperly dressed women who represent dirt to the eyes of fanatics.

The particular case of an acid throwing victim FAKHRA YOUNUS has magnetized my attention. Reading her suicide letter written minutes before jumping to her death 6-floor below her flat, I was carried by the same emotion that she had felt that moment- enraged at the officialdom of her country for not doing their level best to address this growing social menace of acid throwing and the failure to padlock her attacker behind bars.

“Fakhra had written that she was committing suicide over silence of law on the atrocities and insensitivity of Pakistani rulers”.

I resolve to do my part to help a bit in the drive to eradicate this social malady for I don’t want to see other countries fall helpless in its tentacles. I write this summary of Fakhra’s case with ardent prayer that her wish would find a real solution and for the world to ponder and tell concerned country or countries to put a stop to this painful and barbaric method of disfiguring faces and bodies of innocent victims.

In 1998 Fakhra, 18, and Bilal Khar, 30, met at a dance party and got married 6 months after. Former Pakistani “Dancing Girl” Fakhra already has a son before the marriage. Misunderstandings mar the relationship when Fakhra discovered Bilal’s record of 3 previous marriages. Complaining of physical and verbal abused, she returned to her parents to her natal home. Bilal’s pleadings to change his ways for the better fell on deaf ears.

Uninvited, Bilal paid his in-laws a visit and and found Fakhra soundly asleep. His evil intent got the better of him and taking advantage of the situation, Bilal put out his container of acid and poured it on the face of the sleeping Fakhra in the presence of her 5-year son. The year was 2000. The son Naumar now a teenager cannot accept his mother’s new face. “She’s not my mother”, he said.

The acid attack on her of her estranged husband disfigured her face beyond description. Pakistani writer and activist Tehmina Durrani assisted her flew to Italy for treatment and where 39 surgery attempts were made to reshape her contorted face to no avail. Durrani said Fakhra had vowed to reopen her case upon her return to Pakistan. No longer able to contain her sentiments, Fakhra decided to end her life on March 17, 2012 in Italy where she was being treated. Her death happened 12 years after she was thrown acid with by her husband Bilal. She jumped to her death 6 floors of her flat, leaving behind a suicide protesting note. She was last seen looking at her face in the mirror and weeping, according to Wahington Post.

On March 18, 2012 Fakhra’s dead body was enplaned home to Pakistan after funeral prayers were said in the hospital premises in Rome. At home at the Jinnah International Airport, dignitaries, her relatives, human rights activists, politicians and well-known philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi met Fakhra’s remains.

Emotional, MQM chief Altaf Husaain and a big gathering of women cried public hanging of all acid throwing perpetrators including the arrest of suspect Bilal Khar, Fakhra’s husband and tormentor.

Bilal Khar was charged with attempted murder. Granted bail after his arrest, he was eventually acquitted. Bilal strong connections helped him escape justice. His father is rich and influential. Pakistan’s foregn minister is his cousin.

Source: Pakistani Fakhra Younus commits suicide …


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thank you maxoxam41 for visiting and for the appropriate comment.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      It reminds me of the predicament of the dancing boys in Afghanistan where affluent/influential people can dispose of poor children to be sexually abused! Same denial of justice!

      Conditions of poor women, children in Islamic and Hinduistic countries are intolerable and reprehensible.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)