Man held for pouring acid on wife’s face

Saudi police have arrested a local man for beating up his Yemeni wife and burning her face and body with acid in front of their three children, a Saudi newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The man had been on the run before he was seized this week and remanded in custody pending trial following an appeal by his wife to punish him, 'Sharq' Arabic language daily said.

The paper ran a picture showing the woman’s face is badly deformed by acid burns, which also affected other parts of her body.

The woman told police that her husband had beaten her up often before using acid to burn her face and body in front of their three children, adding that she had not reported him before because he had threatened to deport her Yemeni family from the kingdom.

“I only want justice,” said the woman from the southwestern town of Sabya. “If I do not get justice by the law, I am sure that Heavens will give me justice against this oppressive and treacherous husband who has destroyed my life and forced me to go begging to get money for the treatment of these scars that will mark my face forever.”

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