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Niaz Bano Acid Attack Survivor
Niaz Bano was widowed at a young age and a second marriage was arranged for her. With the status of ‘widowed’ her options were limited and her family were keen for a marriage to ease the ‘burden’ which Niaz had become in their eyes.
Niaz was finally married to Rahul*, a man with mental health issues. After some years the talk of marriage for Niaz’s daughter Nyla from her first husband started. Niaz planned her daughters marriage, however Rahul objected without stating a reason. He later confessed that he had bad intentions for his step daughter. Niaz had thought the marriage proposal was decent and her daughter was married despite the disapproval of her husband.
One night her husband woke Niaz up and apologised for his behaviour and insisted that she take a cup of tea with him. Rahul made tea and mixed acid in it. He proceeded to pour the mixture onto her. This was not enough for Rahul, he had a bottle of acid which he also threw on her.
As a consequence Niaz lost her eye and her face was severely burnt. She registered with End Acid Attack Partners and underwent multiple surgeries. Recently, EAAP in collaboration with a leading healthcare provider in Pakistan, have set up a small grocery shop in Niaz’s house. This allows Niaz to earn for her family and be self sufficient. After a long struggling period for most of her life Niaz is finally in control of her own choices and destiny. This was the greatest form of empowerment, and Niaz strives to pass these values to her daughter so the next generation never have to experience the helplessness and desperation that she once did.