Resham Khan, an aspiring model, was out with her cousin celebrating her 21st birthday when tragedy struck. While they were sitting at a red light, an unidentified man came up to their car and threw acid on Khan and her cousin, 37-year-old Jameel Muhktar.
“The pain was excruciating,” writes Khan wrote on Twitter. “I saw my clothes burn away in front of me."
Muhktar accelerated to get away from their attacker, but the pain soon became too much, and he lost control of the car, crashing into a fence reports The Independent. After the car crashed, they jumped out of the car and tried to find help.
“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,” shares Khan.
Finally, a passer-by drove them to the hospital where they were immediately admitted to the unit.
On a GoFundMe page for Khan and her cousin, a friend of the victims, Daniel Mann, wrote that Khan, a Business Management major, was just getting ready to enter the business world.
“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.”
The Daily Wire reports that Khan and her cousin are just one of the over 1,800 reported acid attacks in London since 2010. They also noted that the attacks have been increasing in frequency each year. “Last year it was used in 454 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to Met Police figures.”
"I just want this guy caught," wrote Khan on Twitter. "I keep asking myself why he hasn't. Keep wondering why this is taking so long. Have they forgotten about us?"
"This attack has caused them both to put their lives on hold," added Mann. Khan will need skin grafts, and her cousin had to be temporarily placed in a medical coma because of the extent of his burns.