Two cousins have been seriously injured after an acid attack in London. The life of Resham Khan, who was celebrating her 21st birthday and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, permanently changed in an instant as a result of an incident, dubbed as a hate crime.
In an interview with Jameel, however, that the incident was a result of Islamophobia, a term used when people show dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims.
Resham Khan, before and after the horrific acid attack in London.
Jameel and his cousin, an aspiring model, stopped at a red light when a man suddenly threw a liquid substance at Resham and went around the car to throw more at Jameel. They thought it was just water but they suddenly felt as if they’re burning. They were attacked with acid and were left with life-changing injuries and severe burns.
Jameel Muhktar suffered severe injuries, he needed to to be under an induced coma.
Resham suffered left eye damage, burns across her body (arms, legs, face, and shoulder) and needed to have a skin graft. Jameel, on the other hand, suffered 1st-degree burns on his arms, legs, face and whole neck and right eye damage. He needed to be put into induced coma and skin graft.
Severe burns damaged this aspiring model's face on her 21st birthday.
Look at her injuries.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Jameel said:
“I don’t know if people are trying to retaliate. We’re innocent people. We didn’t deserve that. I’ve never seen this guy in my life.”
However, Jameel expressed his disappointment over the case not being tagged as a case of Islamophobia.
“If this was an Asian guy like myself, going up to an English couple in a car and acid attacking them, I know for a fact and the whole country knows that it would be classed as a terror attack,” Jameel said.
The authorities are hunting John Tomlin, 24, and have warned the public not to approach him.
A photo of the acid attack suspect.
According to Metro, Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews said they are currently doing the best they could to capture the suspect.
“This male should not be approached; instead, members of the public should dial 999 if seen.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Resham Khan and her family. The page has collected £53,552 ($69,242.74) as of posting out of the original £30,000 goal.
Here’s a video of the interview of Jameel with Channel 4 News:
What do you think of this acid attack? Is it a hate crime, an incident of Islamophobia or just a random crime? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Polio-Stricken Chinese Boy Was Forced By Bullies to Eat Feces
This is so sick.
Bullying in any form is not acceptable, more so when it’s minors doing it to each other. Boys picking on the “weaker” kids in school has become so rampant that sometimes it’s impossible to avoid. Bullies picking on a seemingly normal and healthy kid is bad enough; them picking on someone with a disease or a handicap is a whole different level.
The bullying described in this news report involves a group of boys bullying a kid suffering from polio. This sounds bad already. The way they bullied the poor kid makes it even worse – they make him eat feces from the public toilet! The incident happened in Yanquing No.2 Middle School in Beijing. It was caught on video which quickly went viral in Chinese social media.
Here you can see the kid picking up feces from the squat toilet bowl and putting it in his mouth.
Arizona Is Literally On A Hot Seat, Everything’s Melting
Arizona has experienced an extreme heat wave over the past week. It’s so hot, it melted trash bins, hindered airplanes from flying and caused heat-stroke-related deaths.
Summer is just around the corner, but Arizona had a taste of the scorching sun over the week, reaching a staggering 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
In fact, the entire Southwest has experienced an extreme heat wave where temperatures melted trash bins and people suffered a heat stroke. But Arizona experienced extreme temperatures that airplanes were not allowed to fly.
Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, has been in the middle of a heat wave that made the temperatures shoot higher than 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) in just one week. That ties the city's record set 22 years ago of days above 115 degrees.
Chinese Woman Throws Coins at the Plane’s Engine for “Good Luck”, Delays Flight
The other passengers must have been mighty pissed.
Some people believe in superstitions and those of us who don’t should respect that. We are entitled to our own beliefs and if some find comfort in old practices, we don’t have the right to sway them from it. But when these superstitions become the cause of hassle and safety of other people, this is when we should draw the line.
An elderly female passenger caused a massive delay in a China Southern Airlines flight because of something she did for “good luck”; she threw coins at the plane’s engine! She disposed nine coins and only one of them landed on the engine, but it was enough for the airline to delay the flight and evacuate its 150 passengers.
The delay lasted several hours.
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