A quack who had been stalking a 20-year-old woman in Odisha's Kendrapada district poured acid on her on Friday after she refused to marry him. The victim, who suffered 40% burn injuries, is being treated in a government hospital in Cuttack.
The assailant, Alekha Mondal, 27, from Rangani village allegedly attacked the woman with acid early in the morning through the open window while she was fast asleep.
Her cry for help woke up villagers but Mondal fled the scene. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest him.