UK Woman Severely Burned by Acid Attack on Her Birthday

June 27, 2017 2:40 pm Last Updated: June 27, 2017 4:42 pm

A U.K. woman suffered serious burns to her face after someone threw acid at her face through an open car window.

Resham Khan said the incident unfolded as she was in a car driving through Beckton, East London, on June 21. It was her birthday, according to several news reports.

Khan, an aspiring model, and cousin Jameel Muhktar both suffered severe burns to the face and body, the BBC reported. Muhktar, 37, was placed in a medically induced coma before he was brought out of it.

Police have made no arrests in the attack.

Resham Khan (GoFundMe; photo edited by The Epoch Times)
Resham Khan (GoFundMe; photo edited by The Epoch Times)

Khan had to undergo two skin grafts and suffered damage to her right eye. He had burns across his body arms, legs, back, neck, and the right side of his face while also suffering eye damage.

Khan posted about the attack on social media, sharing photos of the injuries she sustained. She also wrote a lengthy account of the incident.


“The pain was excruciating. I was struggling to close the window. My cousin struggled to get us away. I saw my clothes burn away in front of me,” she wrote.

“I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same. Acid attacks in the UK are unheard of for me.”

As reported by The Sunday Times, she questioned why police didn’t take a statement from her for several days after the attack.

Khan and cousin Jameel Muhkta (GoFundMe)
Khan and cousin Jameel Muhkta (GoFundMe)

The attacker is said to have had a distinctive facial tattoo and hasn’t been caught.

More than $30,000 has been raised for Khan via GoFundMe.

The campaign said: “This attack has caused them both to put their lives on hold. A university student in Manchester, Resham had not been back in the UK for longer than a week before the attack happened. She had spent the last 9 months on an exchange program in Cyprus. Resham was also due to start her new job on July 2nd which she can no longer do. Also she was called in for a job interview which she can no longer attend. Their life is currently on hold but we want them to see that this is temporary and things will get back to normal.”

Acid attacks are most common in South Asia, namely Bangladesh. Between 1999 and 2013, some 3,512 Bangladeshi were acid attacked.