Nurse Lidia Fisiba, 26, above, was arrested in India this week for allegedly spraying acid on her ex-boyfriend’s face and slashing his cheeks with a scalpel after he refused to marry her and convert to Christianity.
The victim, according to this report, is L Jayakumar, 32, a cloth merchant from Prakashnagar who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. He is out of danger. He sustained burns on the neck and deep cuts on both cheeks, police said.
An investigation revealed that Fisiba, a resident of Srirampura and a nurse with a private hospital, had carried the acid used to wash toilets in her hospital in a bottle and sprayed it on Jayakumar when he arrived at a temple in Vijayanagar on Monday evening. Lidia has been booked under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 307b (attempt to murder).
Fisiba and Jayakumar fell in love in 2011 but parted ways last October. Their families were against their relationship. Jayakumar lives near Lidia’s residence and both studied in the same private school near Sehadripuram.
Jayakumar had promised Lidia that he would not marry any other woman. But differences cropped up between the couple when Fisiba began putting pressure on him to convert to Christianity before the marriage.
Jayakumar told Lidia that he would marry her but would not change his religion. But Fisiba believed her family would accept the marriage only if Jayakumar converted.
Finally, Jayakumar ended the relationship, police quoted Fisiba as saying. After a few months, Fisiba learned that Jayakumar’s family was looking for a wife for him.
Fisiba tried to meet Jayakumar, but in vain. So she decided to attack him when he visited the temple in which he regularly worshipped. She went there in a car with her cousin Sunil Kumar. Around 5pm, Jayakumar and a family member arrived on his bike. Fisiba rushed towards him and sprayed acid on his face before attacking him with a surgical blade.
Meanwhile, it is reported from Pakistan that a woman has been sentenced to death for burning her daughter alive for marrying a man of her choice.
The sentence was imposed this week Parveen Bibi, above, who set fire to her daughter Zeenat Rafiq a week after her marriage to Hassan Khan last June.
The girl’s brother, Anees Rafique, was sentenced to life in prison for helping his mother kill the 18-year-old.
After the attack, Bibi ran outside and yelled:
I have killed my daughter for misbehaving and giving our family a bad name.
She told police:
I have no regrets.
Such “honour killings” are commonplace in Pakistan, where roughly 1,000 women are slain every year by relatives, most of them men, who believe they have disgraced their families.
In 2015, about 1,100 women died in “honour killings”, while another 900 suffered sexual violence and 800 attempted suicide or took their own lives, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission said in its 2015 report.