A Pakistani former dancing girl
left fighting for life by a 'horrific' acid attack has committed suicide
a decade after being heavily facially disfigured.Fakhra
Younus, 33, leapt to her death from a sixth floor building in Rome 12
years after the acid attack which she said left her looking 'not human'.At
the time of her attack in May 2000, her ex-husband Bilal Khar was the
man accused of entering her mother's house and pouring acid over
Younus's face as she slept.The mother-of-one moved to Italy after the incident to live in Rome and continue her treatment.
on March 17 she took her own life, after leaving a message saying she
was committing suicide over the silence of law on the atrocities and the
insensitivity of Pakistani rulers.
Cleared: Younus's ex-husband Bilal Khar, the son
of a wealthy Pakistani governor, was cleared in 2003 of charges
relating to the attackBilal
Khar was arrested in 2002 and charged with attempted murder following
the attack, only to be released on bail after five months.
Khar, an ex-parliamentarian and son of
a wealthy Pakistani governor, was eventually cleared of the attack,
though many believe he could have used his family connections to escape
After Younus's tragic suicide emerged
earlier this month, Khar continued to deny having any part in the attack
- claiming in a television interview a different man with the same name
had carried out the crime.Khar claimed his ex-wife killed herself because she didn't have enough money, not because of her horrific injuries.
More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced
marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in
Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights
organization. The Pakistani
government introduced new laws last year criminalising acid attacks and
stating that convicted attacks would serve at least 14 years in jail.Tehmina
Durrani, the ex-wife of Bilal Khar's father, had become an advocate for
Younus after the attack, and said the acid attack victim had pledged to
bring her attacker to justice when she had recovered.Durrani said: 'She said, 'When I come back, I will reopen the case, and I'll fight myself," and she was a fighter.'
said Younus' case should be a reminder that the Pakistani government
needs to do much more to prevent acid attacks and other forms of
violence against women, and also help the victims.'I
think this whole country should be extremely embarrassed that a foreign
country took responsibility for a Pakistani citizen for 13 years
because we could give her nothing, not justice, not security,' said
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