“It was our first day in the city and we were greeted with acid on my daughter’s face,” said the victim’s father, Amarsingh Rathi.
Preeti was to start work as a nurse at the INHS Asvini on May 15. “We were so happy for her. She too was excited to work there,” her father said.
While the police suspects the accused might be acquainted with the woman or could be a jilted lover, the family claims it could be a case of mistaken identity.
“Preeti is a simple girl. She did her B.Sc in the all-girls Batra Medical College, Delhi and has never complained about someone stalking or pestering her,” Amarsingh said.
Her family also alleged negligence and non-cooperation by authorities. “There were no authorities at the spot. Had the police been patrolling the platform, the accused could have been caught. It took 20 minutes for us to move Preeti from the platform as no one was ready for an emergency like this,” said her uncle, Vinodkumar Dahiya.
Amarsingh, who is employed with the Bhakra Beas Mana-gement Board in Delhi as a foreman, alleged that railway authorities, who had promised to pay for Preeti’s treatment, are now refusing to cooperate.
Rathi, admitted to the burns ICU of the Masina Hospital, has been put on the ventilator. Doctors suspect she had ingested the acid.
“Her face is disfigured. Fumes from the acid have affected her respiratory organs,” said a doctor from the hospital. Medical director of Masina Hospital Dr Rohinton Dastur, said, “The woman is stable medically but had to be kept on ventilator. Doctors have conducted a tracheastomy, in which a hole was made in her throat so she can breathe.We will keep her under observation for the next five days.”
Despite repeated attempts officials from INHS Ashwini Hospital could not be contacted.