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Hina Fathima
Hina Fathima

Staff Correspondent

Husband in custody; victim’s eyes have cigarette burns too

MYSORE: A 22-year-old woman suffered serious burns when her husband allegedly threw acid on her in Mysore on Wednesday. It is also alleged that he forced her to drink acid mixed with liquor.

The victim, Hina Fathima, is battling for life at the Burns Ward of K.R. Hospital with 80 per cent burns. According to doctors, it will be difficult to save Ms. Fathima’s eyes. They said the eyes bore cigarette burns also.

According to a statement by Ms. Fathima, recorded by Udayagiri Police, her husband, Fairoz Ahmad Khan, a resident of Nehru Nagar, was “tormenting her for the past nine years for dowry”.

On Wednesday, he allegedly forced her to drink liquor mixed with acid before throwing it on her. The police have taken Fairoz into custody and are investigating.

The police said Fairoz, a scooter mechanic, married Fathima about nine years ago and the couple have four children, two male and two female. The police said Fairoz was subjecting Ms. Fathima to physical and mental torture.

They said Ms. Fathima had once returned to her parent’s house in Hanumanthanagar in the city unable to bear the torture. Then, her parents convinced her to return to her husband.

On Wednesday, Fairoz reportedly came home in an inebriated condition, sent his children outside and bolted the door from inside. He abused Ms. Fathima and forced her to drink liquor laced with acid.

When she began to scream unable to drink the lethal brew, Fairoz, in a fit of rage, threw the mixture of liquor and acid on her, it is said.

She was rushed to the hospital where the police recorded her statement.

Ms. Fathima’s father, Muneer Khan, told The Hindu at the hospital that her daughter’s tale of woe began from the day she was married to Fairoz.

“Without knowing his antecedents, we gave our daughter to him in marriage. Later, we realised that he had a criminal bent of mind and had indulged in petty crimes. I paid him Rs. 20,000 at the time of marriage. But his greed grew and he persisted with demands for more money and started torturing my daughter,” Muneer said.

“He had threatened to throw acid on my daughter several times before. But we had not taken it seriously,” he added.

She used to come to my house frequently and confide in me about her miseries. “But we always convinced her to return to her husband,” he said.

Last year, Fairoz had demanded a motorcycle from his in-laws.

“When I was unable to meet his demand for a motorcycle, he tonsured my daughter’s head and paraded her in the neighbourhood,” Muneer said with tears in his eyes.

A complaint in this regard had been lodged with the women’s police station, he added.

Ms. Fathima returned to her husband’s house only 20 days ago following requests from her in-laws.

Her in-laws had apparently promised that Ms. Fathima would be taken care of well by Fairoz whose behaviour had changed in the last one year.

Ms. Fathima’s relative, Shaheena Taj, in whom the victim had confided about Wednesday’s incident, said Fairoz became furious when Ms. Fathima refused to drink the mixture of liquor and acid.

Fairoz pushed her to the ground, put his foot on her neck and forced her to drink the lethal brew, she said.

“When she was screaming, he disrobed her and threw acid on her,” said Ms. Shaheena Taj.

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