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Two Muslims arrested for horrific sulphuric acid honour attack

Posted by jagoindia on July 26, 2009

The 24-year-old Asian victim, believed to be from Denmark, is in a critical but stable condition in a specialist burns unit in Essex. He has lost part of his tongue, been left blind in one eye and has 50 per cent burns and fractures to his face after being attacked in Leytonstone, East London, on July 2.

‘Honour’ acid attack: Muslim wife under threat as her ‘lover’ is stabbed and maimed by masked gang
By Vanessa Allen
24th July 2009,

A married Muslim woman has been warned her life is in danger after a man she is suspected of having an affair with was blinded in an ‘honour’ attack.

The victim is fighting for his life after a masked gang stabbed him twice and forced him to swallow sulphuric acid.

The assailants also poured acid over his body and are feared to have beaten his face with bricks, leaving him blind in one eye. 

 The blood on the fence and the acid stains on the path mark the scene where the victim was attacked in Marchant Road, Leytonstone , East London

The attack was allegedly carried out because the woman’s family believed she was having an affair with the 24-year-old man.

She has denied having a relationship with him.

Police have reportedly warned the woman, whose family is from Pakistan, that her life may be at risk.

Detectives from Scotland Yard were said to have given her an ‘Osman warning’  –  a formal alert she is under threat  –  but she has denied that she could be at risk.

Police, who have charged two men with attempted murder, are assessing how to protect her. Sources said one of the men is the woman’s brother.

Witnesses said the gang wore masks and gloves as they carried out the assault.

The victim’s tongue was destroyed by the acid he was forced to swallow and his throat was severely damaged.

He suffered skull fractures and the acid caused 50 per cent burns to his body.

 He managed to scream for help after the attack in Leytonstone, East London, and was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, where his condition is said to be critical but stable.
It is not known if the man, originally from Denmark, will survive.

Witnesses who saw him seconds afterwards said he wailed ‘like a wounded animal’.

The attack happened on a residential street at around 2am on July 2. Details have only just emerged because of the sensitivity of the case and fears for the woman’s safety.

The man was set upon 200 yards from his bedsit on a neighbouring road. Police are investigating whether he had been lured out on a pretence of meeting the woman.

One witness, Kay Dice, 52, said: ‘He was screaming and screaming. He was pleading for help.

‘I thought he had a huge cross on his back, but in fact it was where his skin had peeled away.’

An ambulance worker said: ‘I am surprised he is still alive.’

Police are understood to be working on the theory that the victim was attacked to end the alleged affair and to prevent the woman’s family from being shamed.

Community leader Imtiaz Qadir, of the Active Change Foundation, said: ‘Honour crime happens a lot in our community, especially the Pakistani community, but we do try to educate the people.’

Police have arrested seven young men since the attack.

A 19-year-old and a second man, aged 25, both from Walthamstow, have been charged with attempted murder.

The men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before magistrates in Waltham Forest yesterday and were remanded in custody until September 30.

Two other men have been released on police bail.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Officers are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the assault.’

Muslim woman in fear after friend ‘loses tongue in acid honour attack’

July 23, 2009,

Two men have appeared in court after the suspected lover of a married Muslim woman had acid thrown in his face and was stabbed twice in the back in a possible “honour attack”.

The woman was warned that her own “wellbeing may be in danger”, a source at Scotland Yard told The Times.

Detectives have been told that the man and woman were not in a sexual relationship but were just friends. However, their relationship is said to have upset her family.

The 24-year-old Asian victim, believed to be from Denmark, is in a critical but stable condition in a specialist burns unit in Essex. He has lost part of his tongue, been left blind in one eye and has 50 per cent burns and fractures to his face after being attacked in Leytonstone, East London, on July 2.

The two accused, aged 19 and 25, come from East London and are charged with attempted murder. Neither can be named for legal reasons. They were remanded in custody after appearing at Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court yesterday. They will appear at the Old Bailey on September 30.

Both men are said to be related to the woman. One is understood to be her brother.

A police source said that the woman had not been moved into a safe house but that police were in daily contact with her.

The man was allegedly attacked at 2am by a gang wearing masks and gloves. Five other men have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries by police. A 16-year-old youth was rearrested last night and is being held at an East London police station.

At the time of the attack, a police source said: “It looks like this gang set out deliberately to target this man. They were dressed in masks and gloves so none of the acid would get on them.”

Police searched the house in Walthamstow of one of the defendants on Monday. A neighbour said the family were “an ordinary Muslim family”. She added: “The police were here from dawn until I went to bed. The family were there all day, but they were not allowed back into the house. They are nice neighbours, very friendly.”

A few roads away neighbours of the other defendant said that police arrived on Tuesday and sealed off a shed at the bottom of the garden with police tape.

Nighat Darr, a project co-ordinator for the Kiran Project, a refuge for Asian women fleeing forced marriages and domestic violence based in Leyton, said that the Forced Marriage Act had been effective in dealing with so-called “honour attacks”. She added: “But we do come across some cases involving horrendous violence. We’ve women who’ve had their nails ripped out by pliers. Another woman was fed dog food. It can be triggered by anything from not willing to be forced into marriage to being caught looking out of a window.”

The organisation was founded in 1990 and helps about 25-30 women, mostly with children, every year. Their clients are mostly in their twenties and thirties.

2 Responses to “Two Muslims arrested for horrific sulphuric acid honour attack”

  1. moira pool said

    As a volunteer with acid survivors trust international, it is sickening to see attacks such as htis happen in the UK. ASTI is working hard in Pakistan, Cambodia, Uganda, India and Nepal to care for survivors and campaign against acid attacks.

  2. Rajpreet said

    Has there been any further news about this UK incident? I am aware it is going through the Old Bailey right now. It is terrible to see the alarming rate of acid violence taking place in the UK.
    Please support the Acid Survivors Trust International.
    Acid violence must stop!

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