Tribal rights activist Soni Sori was attacked with a mild acid mixed with a chemical in the Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh, doctors treating her at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi said on Wednesday.
“She washed her face a couple of times after the attack so there are no traces of the acid and chemical left. She is being treated for chemical burns and will be kept in Intensive Care Unit under observation for about two weeks till her skin heals,” said a doctor who is part of the team treating her.
Soni, who was brought to the hospital on the night of February 22 with chemical burns on her face, was admitted to the ICU. She had chemical burns and orbital and conjunctival oedema -- swelling in the eye -- that caused eye irritation and made it difficult for her to open her eyes but she has no vision loss.
Sori is being treated by a team led by reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon Dr IP Singh. “She is stable but is likely to be kept under observation for two weeks,” said a doctor who is part of the team but did not want to be named.
“We are hopeful that she will recover within the next few weeks and are carefully monitoring the situation on an hourly basis. She has some orbital and conjunctival oedema as per the ophthalmologists evaluation however no compromise to her eyesight is seen. Her clinical parameters are stable as of now,” said the hospital in a statement.
Three unidentified men threw acid and chemicals on Sori in the Maoist-hit Dantewada district while she and two others were on their way to Geedam from Jagdalpur on a motorcycle.
The attack on the tribal activist came two days after a legal-aid group of woman lawyers and a journalist were evicted from their homes and offices, allegedly at the behest of Bastar Police.
Sori, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, was brought to the capital for treatment by the AAP after the doctors in Chattisgarh could not identify the chemical she was attacked with.