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Acid attack victim cries for justice

Acid attack victim cries for justice

PESHAWAR: Despite lapse of five months, KPK police failed to arrest the criminal who threw acid on a young Pashto actress Bushra who suffered critical burn injuries while the promise made by Shaukat Yousafzi regarding provision of compensation was yet to be fulfilled.

Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press club on Tuesday, Bushra, resident of Nowshera, said that she and her family were asleep in the courtyard of their home in Nowshera when the attacker entered into the house, threw acid on her face and made their escape successfully. The brother said his feet were also burnt with drops of acid.

Bushra, who is also known as Shazia Aziz, is a Pashto singer, actress and theatre artist from Pabbi area in Nowshera.

The family members of the young actress have accused her producer Shaukat Khan, who had been forcing her for contracting marriage with him and was also not willing to pay her money she owed for her work. Later the actress was brought to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital with severe burn injuries on the right side of her face. Doctors said her right leg and arm were also badly affected by the highly concentrated acid.

Bushra’s right eye was also partially damaged but doctors said her eyesight working and she was in her senses when brought to the hospital. “My daughter used to work as an actress and was hired by a producer namely Shaukat Khan to act in his stage dramas and plays but he was not willing to pay her and this led to a number of verbal arguments following which she refused to continue her acting,” said the victim’s mother.

“We have registered a case against Shaukat Khan but police have not included 336A and 336B of CRPC in this FIR which is an important section for such high crimes.

She appealed to Chief Justice Peshawar high court and IG police to arrest the accuse Shaukat and registered FIR against him along with section 336A and 336B. She also appealed to Chief justice to compensate her for her treatment, as they are very poor to meet their daily expenses.

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