A Bangladeshi woman with both her eyes gouged out was rescued from the Kotwali area of neighbouring English bazar today.
Malda superintendent of police Kalyan Mukherjee said the woman, aged about 30, was found writhing in pain in the morning by passers-by.
The police rushed her to the Malda Medical College Hospital, where her condition was stated to be critical by the authorities. Mukherjee said the woman had told the police that she hailed from Bangladesh and her husband had sold her to a man at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district.
When she came to know of it, the woman had protested which led to her husband gouging out her eyes last night and deserting her. The couple had slipped into the country.
Investigation into the case in on, the SP added.