A group of four men threw acid on a 16-year-old girl following a botched abduction at Talwara village in Hanumangarh district on Saturday night.
The incident occurred around 12.30 am, while the girl was asleep at the residence of her maternal grandmother. “The victim’s family lives in Hanumangarh town, and the girl had come to visit her maternal grandmother in Talwara. Around midnight, Deepak – the main suspect in the case – entered the house along with three friends. They went to her room and tried to kidnap her, following which they threw acid at her,” said Talwara station house officer Inder Chand.
The girl’s screams woke up the family, forcing the accused to flee from the spot. Chand said both the girl’s family and the accused hailed from the Punjabi-speaking Sikligar community.
“The girl sustained injuries on one side of her face, and was admitted to the government hospital at Hanumangarh town. A case has been registered against the four suspects – Deepak, Bacchi, Suraj and Joni. We have launched a hunt for them, and registered a case under Section 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC,” said Chand.
The family of the victim, however, alleged gross negligence on the part of the police.
“The accused Deepak used to harass my daughter regularly. When we filed a case against him around six months ago, he threatened to take revenge. The police took him into custody, but promptly allowed him to come out on bail despite our pleas that he is dangerous. They initially wanted to abduct my daughter, and were trying to drag her to their car. But when she started screaming, they poured acid on her and fled,” said the girl’s father.
The police were slow in taking action against the accused, he added.
“We demand that all the accused be arrested within 24 hours. Ironically, the police told us that they will arrest the suspects if we tell them where they are. But how would we know where the suspects are? Isn’t that the police’s job?” he asked.