An eight-year-old boy was attacked by his father in drunken rage at their north Delhi residence on Thursday morning, the police said.
Identified as Sachin, the victim stays alone with his father, Sanjay, in Burari ever since his mother left him three months ago.
“Around 11 am, Sanjay, who was heavily drunk and has been suffering from depression ever since his wife walked out and left him to take care of Sachin on his own, attacked Sachin with a kitchen knife,” said an officer.
According to the police, Sanjay hacked at Sachin’s throat with the knife in a bid to chop off his neck but could not succeed given his drunken state.
When his neighbours rushed to the child’s aid after hearing his screams, Sanjay, fearing for his own life, consumed a vial of acid. The police were informed and a team rushed the father and son to the Sushruta Trauma Centre.
“Sachin was admitted with severe injuries to his neck. Thankfully, only a few mild gashes were inflicted on his neck. He is stable. His father, meanwhile, is unconscious but out of danger,” the officer said.
Enquiries made from the victim’s neighbours revealed that Sanjay had been suffering from depression for months and was given to heavy drinking which would usually begin early in the day. “We have registered a case of attempt to murder against Sanjay and arreste him after he is discharged from the hospital to arrest him,” the officer added.