Actress injured in acid attack in Pakistan

Actress injured in acid attack in Pakistan

An actress was injured in an acid attack, allegedly carried out by a spurned suitor, in northwest Pakistan today.

Bushra, 18, a Pashto actress who has worked in films, television and theatre, was attacked while she was sleeping at her home in Nowshera town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province early this morning.

A man climbed the wall of Bushra's house, threw acid on her and escaped, her family said.

She was taken to a hospital in Peshawar where doctors said she had suffered 33 per cent burns to her face and shoulder but was in a stable condition.

Bushra's brother Pervez Khan lodged a complaint with the police against film producer Shaukat Khan was behind the attack as the actress had turned down his marriage proposal.

Acid attacks on women, especially by men they have spurned, are common across Pakistan despite the amendment of a law to increase the punishment for such assaults.

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