Acid thrown on woman, 2 brothers main suspects

16th July 2013

NEW DELHI: A 47-year-old woman was attacked with acid at her house in west Delhi on Sunday, police said. The attack could be linked with a similar case reported from Raghuvir Nagar on May 31 where a 23-year-old woman was targeted. A case has been registered against the brothers along with two of their accomplices of the first acid attack victim.

"The victim, a resident of Pashchim Vihar area, told us that when she had gone to Punjabi Bagh area for some work, four bike-borne youth threw acid on her. The incident took place at around 7 pm. She has sustained burn injuries on her right arm and back in the attack," a senior police officer said. The woman has been admitted to Sanjay Gandhi hospital.

The attackers are known to the victim. They have been identified as Sonu, Monu, Johny and Sanath.

Cops said the latest victim, a widow, lived at Khayala in west Delhi before shifting to Shivaji Enclave near Punjabi Bagh, from where the incident was reported. Her relationship with the husband of the first victim is thought to be the trigger behind the attack. No arrests have been made so far. Cops have slapped on the accused the newly amended law under Section 356 (A) of the IPC, where the attacker can face up to 10 years in jail.

"The widow claimed that she was targeted by the victim of the May 31 attack and accused the latter's brother and brother-in-law of orchestrating the attack. Several teams have been fanned out to nab the accused. The attack seems to be the fallout of a feud between the two families, which have had altercations before," said a senior police officer. V Renganathan, additional CP (west), said there was prima facie evidence to support the woman's claim, though the number of perpetrators was being ascertained.

A 23-year-old woman, mother of twins, was allegedly attacked with acid by her neighbours on May 31. A separate case of molestation was registered against the same accused for molesting the niece of the victim. A third FIR was also registered against the relatives of the first victim after it was alleged that they had attacked the woman's husband—the marriage was strained—who was thought to have abetted the acid attack, police said. In his statement to police, the husband had accused his brothers-in-law of stabbing him.

                                                            ----- The Times of India, July 16, 2013