A day after acid attack on five girls at Dera Baba Nanak, panic has gripped residents and fellow students, who blamed the laxity of the police administration behind such incidents.
The four girls, who sustained minor injuries in the attack, are still in shock as they hardly have any clue as why they were victimised without having any fault.
Talking to HT at the civil hospital, Dera Baba Nanak, where all the four girls are undergoing treatment, one of the victim Sukhmandeep Kaur, said the accused Sajjan Masih used to follow their group, while returning back from school. On Wednesday, he was accompanied by another youth Lovepreet Singh and the two made numerous rounds around them.
“Everyone in our group knew that Sajjan had proposed Ritu (name changed), but every time she had rejected his proposals and even on Monday, Ritu’s grandfather had scolded Sajjan and threatened him of dire consequences, if he did not stop following her. On Wednesday, Sajjan took umbrage and poured out his resentment by throwing a small can of acid on Ritu, but as we all were together, some of the drops fell on our faces too,” she added.
Demanding strict action against all the accused involved in the incidents, 12 activists of ABVP along with representatives of various social organisations on Thursday hold a candle march, which passed through various markets of the town. The activists also submitted a memorandum to the police and sought a complete ban on the sale of acid in the open market. They also appealed to the administration to increase police patrolling around all the educations institutions during their working hours. They also sought a special law to keep a check on the eve-teasing incidents.
Meanwhile, the district administration on Thursday approached the Punjab Legal Services Authority seeking Rs 3 lakh for the cosmetic surgery of 14-year-old girl, whose face has been defaced and is undergoing treatment at Amritsar. The administration had also assured free medical treatment to the family of the four girls, who had sustained minor injuries.