Fakhra Younus, the Pakistani acid victim has committed the suicide. The 33-year-old ended her life after enduring three dozen surgeries that spanned from over a decade to repair the damage down to her face and body.
On March 17, Younus jumped from a sixth floor of the Rome building she was receiving treatment at. Her body has since been returned to Pakistan.
Younus was a beautiful former dancing girl until she was allegedly attacked at the age of 22 by her then-husband of three years, Bilal Khar, reported the Associated Press. Khar has refuted claims that he was behind the attack, but has admitted to knowing that Younus was a prostitute before their marriage.
Before Younus' attack, she had been married to Khar for three years, where she allegedly suffered physical and verbal abuse. After leaving him, Younus claims that while she was sleeping at her mother's house in 2000 Khar poured acid all over here. The act occurred in front of her 5-year-old son, whom she had with another man, reported the Associated Press. Khar was acquitted, an action that many believe stems from his connections.
Tehmina Durrani, a Pakistani writer, activist and ex-stepmother of Younus' alleged attacker, befriended Younus and became an advocate for her. Durrani told the Associated Press that there were times in the night that they didn't think that Younus would make it. Her nose was melted and she couldn't breathe, said Durrani. We used to put a straw in the little bit of her mouth that was left because the rest was all melted together.
Durrani released a statement following her friend's death. At the young age of 22 an acid attack left her only marginally alive, her horrific mutilation disfigured her so completely that she was no confronted by open disgust and contempt by everyone who set eyes on her in Pakistan...I have met many acid victims. Never have I seen one as completely disfigured as Fakhra. She had no just become faceless; her body had also melted to the bone. Despite her stark and hopeless condition, the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was not in the least God-Fearing. She was provided nothing...but disdain...and trashed.
Younus' death has lead Khar to once again deny carrying out the attacks, stating in a TV interview that he believes a man with the same name did the crime. According to the Associated Press, Khar also said in the interview that he believes his ex-wife killed herself because she didn't have enough money, not because of her horrific injuries.
Fakhra Younus' death follows the Oscar win for the Pakistani document about acid attack victims.