MULTAN: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday sentenced a man to serve life imprisonment twice and fined him Rs2 million ($20,200 US) for throwing acid on his wife for failing to bear male children. He was also ordered to pay Rs1.5 million ($15,200) in compensation to the victim.
Muhammad Hussain was convicted for throwing acid on his wife Naheed in February for giving birth to the couple’s third daughter. The acid had caused over 60% burns on her body. She had undergone multiple surgeries in the Burn Unit at Nishtar Hospital in Multan.
Hussain had fled after the crime. The Vehari police said that he had kept changing his location as police conducted more than 50 raids to arrest him.
The judge stated in the verdict that if Hussain failed to pay the Rs2 million fine, he would have to face an additional five years imprisonment and a failure to pay the Rs1.5 million compensation would add a further 10 years to his prison term.
The Burewala Sadar police had lodged a case against Muhammad Hussain under the Anti-Terrorism Act on February 8 on a complaint by his mother-in-law Shamim Bibi.
Shamim Bibi told The Express Tribune that while she was devastated by her daughter’s pain, she was satisfied with the court’s decision. “I am also relieved that we did not have to suffer in courts for years. I am thankful to the judiciary for deciding the case so quickly.”