A 26-year-old woman who got married earlier this month is battling for life after neighbour, a jilted lover, slashed her throat early Saturday morning in Sahibabad township of Ghaziabad.
The woman who was married to a Sonepat resident on March 4 had arrived from that town at her mother’s house in Sahibabad’s Rajiv Colony to celebrate her first Holi after marriage.
She was alone at home when she was attacked after her mother had gone out for some work. Her neighbour, Rajiv Kashyap, barged into the house and inflicted severe injuries on her throat with the weapon.
“It is suspected that he slashed her throat with a razor and escaped when she cried for help. In her initial statements to doctors, she told that Kashyap wanted to marry her and acted in retaliation because she married elsewhere. She has not stated whether she was also interested in marriage with him or not. It is not clear whether they were in any relationship or not,” said Anup Singh, circle officer (Sahibabad).
The woman lost her father a few years ago. She has a younger brother who is said to be mentally challenged.
“She was alone in the house and her mother had gone out to look after the agricultural fields. My sister was boiling milk when Rajiv entered the house finding her alone and slashed her throat. She tried to resist his attempt but he was successful in landing blows. She then cried for help and also ran out of the house. Locals then rushed her to hospital,” said Saurabh Kumar, woman’s cousin.
“Rajiv’s parents went to the police station after being summoned but Rajiv has not showed up so far. We still don’t know why he attacked my sister. I rushed to the hospital after I got a call from locals about the incident,” he added.
The police said that Rajiv is absconding. His father said that they had cut him off from inheriting the family’s property as he indulged in anti-social activities and is considered a local goon. The family has also lodged a police complaint of attempted murder against Rajiv.
“We have sent teams to trace the culprit. He will be nabbed soon. The doctors say that the woman has 50% chances of survival as she suffered heavy blood loss,” Singh added.