New York college student, 21, is doused with acid


College student, 21, is doused with acid in a ‘planned attack’ outside her home that has left her blind and with severe burns

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES  
  • Nafiah Ikram, 21, suffered severe burns all over her face outside of her Elmont, Long Island home in the March attack that her family believes was ‘planned’ 
  • Horrifying video shows the moment that Nafiah arrived home with her mother just moments before the incident
  • As Nafiah walks toward the house door, a man running full speed comes out of nowhere and douses Nafiah with the acid before sprinting off
  • Victim’s family said Nafiah has been left blind and with severe burns on her face 

A New York woman was doused with acid in her own driveway last month, leaving her blind and with severe burns.  

Nafiah Ikram, 21, suffered severe burns all over her face outside of her Elmont, Long Island home in the March attack that her family believes was ‘planned’.

Horrifying surveillance footage shows the moment that Nafiah arrived home with her mother just moments before the incident. 

Her mother is seen walking into their home as Nafiah walks over to the passenger side to get something out of her vehicle. 

As she walks toward the house door, a man running full speed comes out of nowhere and douses Nafiah with the acid before sprinting off.   

Nafiah Ikram (pictured outside her car), 21, suffered severe burns all over her face outside of her Elmont, Long Island home in the March attack that her family believes was ‘planned’

Horrifying surveillance footage shows the moment that Nafiah arrived home with her mother just moments before the incident. A man (right) is seen running up behind her and throwing the acid in her face

Horrifying surveillance footage shows the moment that Nafiah arrived home with her mother just moments before the incident. A man (right) is seen running up behind her and throwing the acid in her face

Sheikh Ikram, 50, told the New York Post: ‘It’s not a random attack, it’s a planned attack. They waited for her to come home.’

Nassau County police described the suspect as a tall slim man wearing a sweatshirt and gloves. 

He was also said to be carrying ‘a white colored cup containing a dark colored substance which he then threw at the victim’s face’. 

Sheikh believes his daughter survived the attack because his wife was home and was able to rush Nafiah to the hospital.  

According to the Post, Nafiah is studying medicine at Hofstra University, and has plans to be a doctor.

She just starting to be able to talk again and still struggles to eat or drink. 

Nafiah suffered severe burns (pictured) all over her face outside of her Elmont, Long Island home in the March attack that her family believes was 'planned'

Nafiah Ikram

Nafiah suffered severe burns (left) all over her face outside of her Elmont, Long Island home in the March attack that her family believes was ‘planned’

Nafiah is studying medicine at Hofstra University, and has plans to be a doctor

Nafiah is studying medicine at Hofstra University, and has plans to be a doctor

‘She is very scared. My wife, she sleeps with her every night,’ Sheikh told the Post. 

Sheikh also said that his wife has to bathe their daughter because she’s still in pain.   

It’s still unclear if Nafiah will regain her vision after the acid caused her contacts to melt into her eyes. It’s also unclear if the incident was a hate crime. 

Since the incident, supporters have donated nearly $300,000 to pay for Nafiah’s medical costs. 

According to the Post, Sheikh works as a professional driver for Bravo Top Chef Padma Lakshmi. 

Nafiah is pictured in the hospital after the attack

Pictured is Nafiah's eye after the attack

It’s still unclear if Nafiah will regain her vision after the acid caused her contacts to melt into her eyes. It’s also unclear if the incident was a hate crime

Authorities have also released an image of a vehicle they believe the suspect drove off in following the attack

Authorities have also released an image of a vehicle they believe the suspect drove off in following the attack

Lakshmi took to her Instagram to call for justice for Nafiah.   

‘This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Nafiah’s medical costs will be astronomical. Her @gofundme is in my bio if you have anything to spare,’ Lakshmi posted on Instagram on Tuesday. 

Authorities have also released an image of a vehicle they believe the suspect drove off in following the attack.

Lakshmi urged anyone with information about the attack to come forward and report it to the Nassau Police by calling 516-573-8800.

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