Pakistan: Two Christian Women Attacked With Acid In Quetta

From Dawn:
A man severely injured two Christian girls in Quetta on Friday when he threw acid on them in the city's Kasi road.

Through a syringe, the accused sprayed acid on the faces of both the women, police said.

The girls identified as Rimsha Masih and Hina were rushed to Bolan Medical Hospital (BMC) for emergency medical treatment.

"The girls were admitted in the burns ward of BMC," said Dr Masood Nowsherwani.

"Rimsha's face was 30 per cent affected whereas 15 per cent of Hina's face was burnt in the attack," Nowsherwani added.

Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Razzaq Cheema said that Rimsha and Hina were 27 and 15 years old respectively.

Cheema stated that the families have already nominated an accused Vijay Masih, a resident of Brewery Road in the case.

Vijay was subsequently arrested and taken into custody.

Last year in July, four men sprayed acid on six women inside a house in Balochistan's Pishin district. The attack was also carried out through syringes. Similarly, two acid attacks also took place in Mastung and Sariab last year in July.

Acid, found easily and cheaply across Pakistan has been used a weapon to exact 'revenge' in domestic violence cases. The victims are often left with no legal recourse and suffer severe psychological trauma as well facing social stigma which comes with disfigurement.

The horrific crime, which disfigures and often blinds its overwhelmingly female victims, has long been used to settle personal or family scores with hundreds of cases reported every year.

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