Teenager attacked with acid in front of SP’s residence in Uttar Pradesh
The woman was attacked by three men on a motorcycle Monday morning as she got down from an autorickshaw. She chased her attackers but collapsed due to pain.Updated: Jul 31, 2017 19:03 IST
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur
A 19-year-old woman was attacked with acid in front of the residence of superintendent of police in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria on Monday morning, police said, indicating the easy availability of corrosive liquid in the state despite a 2013 Supreme Court ban on its open sale.
Police said the woman, a native of Amaon village in Deoria district, was attacked by three men on a motorcycle on Monday morning as she got down from an autorickshaw near the Bhatwalia crossing. She chased her attackers but collapsed due to pain.
Policemen stationed at the SP’s house took the woman to a hospital.
Deoria SP Rajeev Malhotra said three men — identified as Ashok Mishra, Brijesh Mishra, and Kuber Mishra — have been arrested, adding that the woman, who is training to be a beautician, sustained burns on her back.
“The attackers were the relatives of the girl and one of them was possibly her uncle. A land dispute between the girl’s family and the accused led to the attack,” Malhotra, who visited the woman in the hospital and inquired about her treatment, added.
The woman said she was harassed in the past and complained to the police but no action was taken against the accused.
In June this year, two schoolgirls were attacked with acid in Deoria.
According to the Acid Survivors’ Foundation of India, about 250 acid attacks were reported in 2015, but experts say many more go unreported as victims fear the perpetrators will seek revenge. It added there were 61 reported acid attacks in the northern state alone in the same year, the highest number of any region in the country.
Government data, however, put the number of such cases across the country at 222 and in Uttar Pradesh at 55 in the same year.
The BJP stormed to power in Uttar Pradesh earlier this year, riding on a promise of ensuring women’s safety in the state which has one of the highest rates of crime against women in India.
In 2013, the top court pulled up the Centre and the state government over rising incidents of acid attack and ruled that rehabilitation and treatment of the victims were the responsibility of the state government.
Acid attack was made a separate category of crime amid growing incidents of revenge on women who spurn sexual advances or reject marriage proposals.
First Published: Jul 31, 2017 19:03 IST