On the second day of new year, which has been dedicated to the girl child by the Jammu and Kashmir government, a woman was attacked with acid in one of Srinagar's posh areas on Wednesday.
Around noon, a man in his twenties approached the woman, who is in her late twenties, and
poured acid on her in Baghat Parraypora locality and fled.
The woman suffered burn injuries on the face and arm and was admitted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar, where her condition is stated to be stable.
The accused has been identified as Reyaz Ahmad Nath, son of Ghulam Rasool Nath, a resident of Lone Mohallah in Chanapora.
Preliminary reports suggest the attack was carried out with an intention to scuttle the marriage prospects of the woman.
Police arrested the man within hours from Srinagar.
"The accused has been arrested. The investigation of the case will be pursued expeditiously," said deputy inspector general, central Kashmir, Syed Afad-ul- Mujtaba.
The public outrage after the ghastly gangrape of a girl in Delhi and the state's assurance of ensuring safety to women seems to fall flat after the incident.
Public pressure is forcing the government to change its lenient laws regarding the sexual abuse in the state.
State minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar on Monday reviewed anti-rape laws.
It was emphasised during the meeting that effective and stringent provisions are needed to be incorporated in the law relating to sexual offences to make it deterrent and in tune with public sentiments in Kashmir, which has its own constitution.
"The changes in law will deal with various stages including investigation, prosecution and trial of such cases. The department will also consult some experts on the subject to make it comprehensive and effective," said an official spokesman in a statement.
It said necessary initiatives will be taken to provide fast-track investigation and trial within shortest period.
A final draft of the bill will be prepared soon before being placed it before the state cabinet.
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