Monday, 25 September, 2017

Acid attack on UP rape victim again

Kanwar yatra Yogi has also asked the officials to meet kanwariyas before the yatra and explain the dos and don’ts while they are on the move
Garry Little | 03 July, 2017, 01:33

Following the brutal assault on an acid attack survivor in Uttar Pradesh's Aliganj, the Congress Party said that the Uttar Pradesh governance under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has turned into "Gundaraj" and "Jungleraj". The victim is in serious condition and is undergoing treatment in trauma centre.

Acid was thrown at the woman when she stepped out of her hostel around 9.p.m to get water.

A probe is on in the matter, they said. Adityanath had visited her at a hospital and announced Rs 1 lakh assistance for the 45-year-old woman.

The repeated attacks on the woman, first targeted with acid in 2011, also indicated the easy availability of the liquid in the state despite a Supreme Court ban on its open sale. The victim has sustained burn injuries on the right side of her face and shoulder.

Earlier, two men had allegedly raped and attacked her with acid over a property dispute in her home at Unchahar in 2009, 100 kilometres from Lucknow. Miscreants forced acid down her throat while she was on a train to Lucknow.

The woman works at the Sheroes café run by acid attack survivors and is from Rae Bareli where her husband lives with their two daughters. She was admitted to the King George Medical University.

In 2013, acid was thrown at her again.

"Ye ghatna sachmuch ghatna hai ya fir ghatna ke naam par kuchh log kewal badnaam karne ki sajish rach rahe hain (Has this attack really happened or are some people hatching a conspiracy to defame the state government)", he said. "The victim's family has a long-running dispute with another family in Rae Bareli. We are trying to take the statement of the victim", a police officer said.

The woman and her family allege the acid attacks are being orchestrated by people known to the gang-rape accused. She is once again attacked by acid. UP Women Welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, "We have given them a lot of protection, there is a guard, a vehicle, have connected them with employment".

Earlier this year when Hindutva hardliner Yogi Adityanath of the BJP formed the new government in Uttar Pradesh, he made tall promises to ensure women's safety in one of India's most crime-ridden states.

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