Zakira Ali Sheikh Indian acid attack victim battles for life following attack at her husband’s hands after insulting his honor. A woman’s second class role.
Zakira Ali Sheikh a 26 year old wife and mother from Malwani, Mumbai, India has been left permanently scarred and now breathing through a tube after her husband hurled acid in her face upon getting a part time job.
The India Times reported the mother acquiring part-time employment making soap after her husband Roobab refused to go to work as an auto-rickshaw driver, leaving the family without money to feed their two children
Incensed, in the early morning hours of November 3, the furious husband accused Zakira of insulting his honor and, after locking the doors of the house so no-one could help, threw acid in his wife’s face.
Following the attack, local media reported the husband walking into the local police station and surrendered himself.
The attack left Zakira in excruciating pain and blind in one eye, while the other has been closed since the incident at the start of November. The woman suffered burns up to 80% of her body.
The mother-of-two young daughters, aged 5 and 7 is currently in a hospital in Mumbai with a pipe inserted into her neck so she can breathe.
According to her fundraiser page Roobab threw acid on her and her two children while they were sleeping.
Noted the mother, ‘I no longer depended on Roobab and my independence scared him. Having power of our finances was one way for him to control me and now, he couldn’t. Earlier, he used to deny me basic necessities as punishment and now, he depended on me for luxuries we never had. He became increasingly jealous, ordering me to stay home and accusing me of affairs I never had.’
Fortunately the children only suffered minor injuries after some of the acid thrown at the mother had spilled on to the children.
Zakira’s fundraising page lists the cost of necessary treatment surgery coming to 2.5million INR, or £29,090, equal to $38, 524 USD.
Ria Sharma, of NGO Make Love Not Scars, the non-profit organization behind the fundraising, said they had already raised more than £11,000. Equal to $14, 574 USD at current exchange rates at time of publishing.
She said: ‘Zakira is in a critical condition and we need to raise the funds at the earliest.
‘We hope people who sympathize with her will help.’
The attack has since reiterated the wide perception that women are often viewed as second class in the region and subservient to men’s needs and status.