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Acid attack Survivor determined to rebuild life

Acid attack Survivor determined to rebuild life

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Acid attack Survivor determined to rebuild life
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AcidattackSurvivordeterminedtorebuildlifeByMahaMussadaqJune11,2012ISLAMABAD:Coveredinbandages,Shama’swoundsarestillfreshaftersurgerytotreatacidburnsinflictedbyherhusbandof10years.“ThehabitofcoveringmyfacewithapillowwhenIsleepsaveditfromburns,”saidShama,whoisthemotheroffourchildren,twoboysandtwogirls,attheageof24.LivingattheAcidSurvivorsFoundation(ASF),whilesherecuperatesfromsurgeryperformedattheBenazirBhuttoHospitalRawalpindi,Shamasaidthehorrificincidentruinedherlife.Butsheisnotreadytogiveup.ShamawasasleepatherhomeinSadiqabadinMultanwhenherhusband,MaqsoodAhmed,pouredacidonherinthemiddleofthenight.Shamawasburntfromtheneckdowntoherwaist.Thiswassevenweeksago.“Hewasjealousofmybeauty,”shesaid.Shehadrecentlywonabeautypageant,andwasconsideredtobethemostbeautifulgirlinhervillage.“Peopleusedtosaywelooklikefatheranddaughterandhecouldn’thandlethat,”sheadded.Ahmedis17yearsolderthanShama.Unsureofwhattodo,Shamalayinpaintillsunrise.ShethenwenttothenearestPCOandcalledRescue1122.AlthoughsheunderwentsurgeriesinNishtarHospital,Multan,herwoundsdidnotheal.AtthetimeshewasworkinginmarketingandsaleswithacompanyinMultan.“Whilealltheothergirlsusedmakeup,Igotcomplimentsforlookingbeautifulwithoutit.”Butnowshewon’tbegoingbacktoheroldjob.“BeingphysicallyattractiveispartofmyjobandI’velostmyself-confidence.”HerfamilyhasaskedShamatoreconcilewithAhmedforherchildren’ssake.“Hebrokemytrust,”shesaidwipinghertears,“Iwillgobackandbeginanewlifewithouthim.”Ahmed,meanwhile,continuestoroamaboutfreely.Shama’scaseisnotalone.Therearemanyinstancesinwhichtheperpetratorscontinuetoevadethelaw,whiletheirvictimsliveinagony.ThelawonacidwasamendedlastDecemberandpassedbytheSenate,saidMuhammadKhanfromASF,buteventhoughacidthrowingisnowcriminalised,withaminimumsentenceof14yearstolifeimprisonmentandafineofRs1million,someconcernsneedtobeaddressed.Khansaidinvestigationintothecrimeshouldbecompletedwithinanumberofdaysdeterminedbyajudge.“Incasethatdoesnothappen,aboardshouldbesetuptolookintothedelay.”Surgeryisverycostly,forwhichfundsshouldbemadeavailablefromBaitulMal,headded.“Thesaleofacidtofarmersissomethingthatneedstobemorestrictlyregulated.”KhansaidtheASFwillnowsetupawarenesscampstoinformpeoplehowtocontro

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