By: Kashif Zafar
BAHAWALPUR: Two women were injured in an acid attack on Friday police said.
The Safia Bibi and her daughter Aliya Bibi were taken to Bahawal Victoria Hospital, where doctors treating them said they had suffered 30 to 35 per cent burns and would likely survive.
The doctors said the women’s legs and hands had been affected.
A case was registered by the Cantonment police against four men nominated by the survivors. No one was arrested.
Quoting from the FIR filed by the survivors, police said they were asleep on their terrace when four men entered their house at around 4am by scaling a wall. They climbed up to the terrace and threw acid at the women, who said they had noticed the men and were rushing inside. While their faces and upper bodies remained safe, their legs and hands were affected. Their shouts attracted some neighbours and the assailants fled.
The women were taken to BVH, where doctors said the mother had 35 per cent burns and the daughter 30 per cent.
They were later reported to be out of danger.
Police recorded their statement shortly after they returned home.
Station House Officer Abdul Razzaq said that the women had accused Shafiq, Allah Bakhsh, Ismail and Ghulam Muhammad of throwing acid at them.
The SHO said that Safia Bibi’s husband and son were wanted in a kidnapping case filed by Allah Bakhsh. He had accused them of kidnapping his daughter one month ago. The two men and the girl have been missing.
She said the case against her husband and son was false. She said they had not known where Bakhsh’s daughter had gone. She said her husband and son had fled fearing arrest for a crime, she said, they had not committed. She said even she had no idea where her husband and son were and that they had not contacted her in the month that they had been missing.
She said Bakhsh and his men had attacked her and her daughter to take revenge.
The SHO said there was a chance the women had planned the entire episode to file a case against Bakhsh and his men.
He said it was unusual for face and chest to be unharmed in an acid attack, especially on those attacked in their sleep.
He said the women would be questioned once again.