92 acid attacks in last 6 months

16th July 2013

92 acid attacks in last 6 months

At least 92 cases of acid attacks were reported in the capital in the last six months. All these cases were reported on the Women in Distress helpline number 181 of the city government. However, a senior government officer said that only 32 out of the 92 calls were found genuine and were forwarded to concerned agencies for further action.

“In most of the cases of acid attack, it was found that the victim was known to the accused. In 90 per cent cases the accused were either jilted lover or were in one-sided affair. Most of the incidents occurred when the victim was away from home,” the official added. At least nine of these cases were reported in the month of June.
“All the complainants preferred to call on the 181 helpline number before calling the police,” the official added.
He further said that all the genuine cases were forwarded to the concerned police station and the Delhi Commission for Women was also informed about some incidents.
“In January, the helpline received a total of 58,239 calls. The total number of calls in February was 32,045, in March 34,609 and in April 49,579. The calls received on the helpline rose to 50,346 in May and then further up to 67,318 calls in the month of June,” the official added.
Around 30-40 per cent of the total calls received were complaints of stalking.
The 181 Women in Distress helpline was set on December 31, 2012, on the directions of chief minister Sheila Dikshit following the December 16 gangrape case.

                                                                                      ----The Asian Age, July 16, 2013