25-year-old Farah Biwi, was left with horrific burns on her face and stomach, after she was attacked with acid by her 32-year-old husband, Siraj Biwi, in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, for delivering a baby girl.
The lady who is still receiving treatment over the injuries inflicted on her, had been married to her husband who is currently on the run for 8 years and they have two children together, both girls.
Farah who spoke on the attack, said to be motivated by her ‘failure’ to produce a male child and fulfill a dowry, said;
“After the birth of the first girl only, my in-laws started to target me as if I deliberately delivered a baby girl. “The harassment kept intensifying as time passed by. “For the past year, things had become much worse. “Under pressure from his family, my husband would ask me to get more money from my parents and give it to them.”When I didn’t oblige them, they started to beat me up.
“It come to a pass when my second daughter was born. “I was trying to live with the daily dose of torture, and thinking about the well being my daughters. “If I part ways from the man, who would provide for my two daughters and myself? “But I could never imagine that he would go to the extent of pouring acid on me.”I won’t forgive him for this ever.”
Farah’s elder sister, Nusrat Jahan, added:
Farah was married to Siraj, a labour contractor, eight years ago.
However, for the past year, differences between them had arisen after he started demanding dowry.
The birth of the second girl severed as the trigger for the latest incident.
Unilad reports that Farah is not the only woman to have been attacked in this viscous manner – according to Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), 300 attacks were recorded in India in 2016. ASTI believe the true number of attacks per year may well be over 1000.
Disturbingly, 76 per cent of acid attack cases involve the perpetrator being known to the victim; such as the case between Farah and Siraj.