A new law declaring acid attack as a non-bailable offence and the Supreme Court stepping in to regulate the sale of acid across the country has failed to deter people from resorting to such acts.
The latest victim is a 21-year-old woman in Delhi. Two bike-borne men threw acid on her in northeast Delhi’s GTB Enclave area on Wednesday. The woman was lucky as only a few drops of acid fell on her arm.
A resident of Nand Nagri, the woman was admitted to the nearby Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital. She was discharged on Thursday. Police suspect that the attackers were known to the victim, though the woman or her family did not name anybody in their complaint.A senior police officer said the victim works in a packaging factory in GTB Enclave area.
On Wednesday night, she was on her way home after work when the two men attacked her near Gate No 11 of GTB Hospital.
“She was walking on the road when two men on a motorcycle slowed down next to her. The pillion took out a bottle of acid and attempted to throw it at her. She reacted quickly and managed to save herself. But some drops of acid fell on her right forearm,” the officer said.
She told the police that while one of the attackers was wearing a helmet, the other had covered his face with a handkerchief. They sped away after throwing acid on her.
VV Chaudhary, additional CP (northeast), said, “We are trying to identify the two men and are in constant touch with the victim and her family members. Prima facie it looks the accused men were known to the woman. Unrequited love affair is one of the angles we are probing,” said an investigating officer. Police have registered a case.