A woman was attacked with acid after she resisted lewd remarks and molestation attempts by a group of men at the Kanpur railway station on Friday morning, police said.
The victim -- a resident of Civil Lines in Allahabad – reached the station around 11.45 am but was accosted by the men.
“Some people passed lewd comments and tried to molest me,” she said. When she challenged the men, one of them threw acid on her face, police said.
Doctors said she sustained serious burns on the face and was unable to open her eyes, which might have been affected.
But her ordeal didn’t end with the attack.
The woman said she was writhing in pain when she approached the nearest police station but was allegedly rebuffed by the officer-in-charge, who reportedly said the police station wasn’t within his jurisdiction. She finally reached the local UHM hospital on her own.
India made acid attacks a separate class of crime in 2013 amid growing incidents of revenge on women who had spurned sexual advances or rejected a marriage proposal.
The courts have promised free medical treatment and the government has moved to stop the free sale of acid but such attacks continue unabated, a fact brought out by women who boldly spoke out against the practice in an award-winning series Stop Acid Attacks by HT in 2013.