A 16-year-old girl student was attacked with acid by a relative for refusing his marriage proposal in Sarojininagar area of Lucknow on Saturday.
The girl was admitted to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee hospital with 35% burns on face and legs, said Babita Singh, circle officer of the Cantonment Police Circle.
The girl, who is a class 11 student, originally hails from Bihar and has been staying with her maternal grandparents in Sarojininagar for the past several months.
The accused, Riyaz Ahmad,35, who is a distant relative of the girl, is employed in the Gulf and had returned home in Rae Bareli two months ago.
The girl complained to the police that at about 5pm she was waiting for a tempo in Krishna Nagar, where she has been attending coaching classes.
The accused stopped by and offered her lift in his car. But instead of driving her home, he diverted the car towards Shaheed Path.
Near Aurangabad, he stopped the car on the roadside and repeated the marriage proposal he had made several times during the past few days, the girl told the police.
She told the police that he molested her and threatened her with dire consequences for refusing his proposal.
And when she resisted, he threw acid at the girl, who jumped out of the car.
A passerby called the police and an auto-rickshaw driver took her to a nearby police post.
The circle officer said the sequence of events related by the girl shows the accused had planned the crime.
Officials at Lucknow and Delhi airports have been alerted, as the accused might attempt to escape from the country, she said.
The incident has again brought into focus the easy availability of acid, despite stern Supreme Court guidelines.
To put a stop to the growing number of acid attacks, the apex court on July 18, 2013, clamped down on the sale of acid and also ordered higher compensation for the victims. Issuing stringent guidelines, the top court told the government to make illegal sale and purchase of acid a non-bailable offence.