Chattergam incident: Police launch investigation

Victim’s Family Demands Strict Punishment To Culprits

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, Feb 2: Police have launched investigation into an incident wherein a woman’s in-laws at Chattergam area of Budgam allegedly tried to kill her with acid. This after the woman’s family accused her in-laws of “trying to kill her by sprinkling acid on her body.”
 The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Budgam, Uttam Chand told Greater Kashmir that police is investigating the matter. “So far we have arrested Mohi-ud-Din, husband of the victim,” he said.
 Meanwhile, scores of people from Chattergam Saturday protested at Press Enclave here, demanding strict action against the victim’s in-laws. The protesters alleged that the 30-year-old woman (name withheld), married to Mohi-ud-Din Rather of Ichgam, was “beaten and then burnt with acid by her husband and his sister during the intervening night of 27/28 January.” “We got a call from a relative in Chattergam that our daughter was taken to hospital. We reached the SMHS hospital on the morning of 28 January. We found her at the Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition. Her jaw was broken and her face and body mutilated. She unable to speak,” said Iqbal Ahmad Dar, the victim’s brother.
  Iqbal said after the victim’s husband failed to explain the cause of the incident, they lodged a complaint against the family. “Initially, police didn’t take the matter serious, but when we approached the media, they acted and arrested the woman’s husband,” Iqbal said.
 The protesters demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident and strict punishment to the culprits.
 Meanwhile Medical Superintendent of the SMHS Hospital Dr. Nazir Ahmad said the victim, who has sustained burn injuries, was out of danger. “She is in coma and presently on ventilator. She has sustained 30 percent burn injuries but is likely to recover,” Ahmad said.
 According to the family, the victim, who is mother of two children, was married seven years ago.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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