Years After Acid Attack Horror, Suicide Stirs Pakistan
Declan Walsh in the New York Times:
Fakhra Younas went under the surgeon’s knife 38 times, hoping to repair the gruesome damage inflicted by a vengeful Pakistani man who had doused her face in acid a decade earlier, virtually melting her mouth, nose and ears.
The painful medical marathon took place in Rome, a distant city that offered Ms. Younas refuge, the generosity of strangers and a modicum of healing. She found an outlet in writing a memoir and making fearless public appearances.
But while Italian doctors worked on her facial scars, some wounds refused to close.
On March 17, after a decade of pining for Pakistan, a country she loved even though its justice system had failed her terribly, Ms. Younas climbed to the sixth-floor balcony of her apartment building in the southern suburbs of Rome and jumped. She was reported to be 33 years old.
- Acid is the preferred weapon of vindictive men against women accused of disloyalty or disobedience. (nycnyc.wordpress.com)
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- So Sad! Acid Attack Victim Commits Suicide (perezhilton.com)
- Fakhra Younis Commits Suicide (towleroad.com)
- Pakistani Acid Attack Victim Commits Suicide Because ‘There Was No Justice Available To Her’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Pakistan acid attack victim commits suicide (telegraph.co.uk)
- Prominent Pakistani acid victim commits suicide (washingtontimes.com)