In a horrific case, a young woman suffered ‘life changing’ injuries after suffering an acid attack on her 21st birthday.
Resham Khan was driving through Beckton, east London when a man ran up to her window and threw acid at both Resham and her cousin, Jameel.
He then continued to chase the pair as the car sped off. However Resham quickly lost control and the car crashed into a nearby fence.
Resham Khan recounted what happened next to ITV news:
“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. He put his foot down as we were coming onto a dual carriage way but the pain took over and we crashed.
We stripped off in the middle of the road, running around screaming and begging for water. We did this for 45 minutes. No ambulance came.”
Onlookers eventually came to their aid and got them to a hospital before police or an ambulance could arrive. They were transferred to the specialist burns unit.
Resham required skin grafts on her face and her whole body. Jameel’s burns were so severe he would induced into a coma. Both are said to have ‘life changing’ injuries.
“This attack has caused them both to put their lives on hold,” said Mann, “Resham is usually a very confident young woman. She was preparing to open her own business over the summer, and had plans to model for Asian bridal, make up and hair artists. But now she feels as though her identity has been stolen from her, on her 21st birthday.”