Posted on March 30, 2012

Fakhra Younus, Former Pakistani Dancing Girl Commits Suicide 12 Years After Acid Attack

Sara C. Nelson, Huffington Post, March 29, 2012

A former dancing girl who was left severely disfigured after acid was hurled into her face, has committed suicide 12 years after the attack.

Fakhra Younus, 33, felt she looked “not human” after the attack, which was allegedly carried out by her then-husband Bilal Khar.

Khar was accused of pouring the corrosive substance over her face as she slept, in full view of the victim’s five-year-old son.

Younus, then 21, was left fighting for her life and has endured 39 separate surgeries since the attack. She had left Khar earlier amid accusations of physical and verbal abuse.

Her nose was almost completely melted making it difficult for her to breathe.

Khar, the son of a former Pakistan governor, was acquitted, but many believe he used his connections to avoid justice, AP states.

Younus jumped from the sixth floor of a building where she was living and being treated in Rome on March 17, having finally decided life was no longer worth living.


News of Younus’s death has been received with sadness around the world, with many calling for action over the 8,500 acid attacks reported in Pakistan in the last year.