A woman in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan, allegedly managed to fight off five men who were attempting to rape her, only to be intercepted and attacked with acid as she made her way back to her house.
The incident took place in a rural area of Qureshi Chowk in Muzaffargarh on Friday.
Arfa*, 30, a mother-of-five, worked as daily wage labourers in Aliwaala fields along with her husband.
The victim was reportedly asked to provide illicit services by five men belonging to a local feudal family but had refused to oblige. Her husband advised her to leave the local field, after which she began working in Chowk Qureshi.
However, the suspects managed to locate her and allegedly attempted to kidnap and rape her. Afra is said to have put up a fight and escaped, only to be intercepted and doused with acid by the suspects.
She was immediately shifted to the hospital by locals.
A doctor in Nishtar Hospital in Multan Dr Pervez Haider told The Express Tribune that over 65% of the victim’s body was burnt, and she is stated to be in critical condition.
An FIR has been registered under section 336B in Chowk Qureshi police station under against the five suspects.
Sources said the police is allegedly under pressure as all five suspects, who are still at large, belong to powerful feudal families of the district.
*Name changed to protect identity