Acid attack on girl, 2 youth held

‘One Of The Accused Was Harassing Victim For Some Time’


Srinagar, Jan 2: In a rare incident of its kind in the Valley, a girl from uptown Barzulla Wednesday received burn injuries when two men threw acid on her face after assaulting her near Parraypora on Airport Road here.
Family of the girl (identity withheld) said that she was attacked by two men at around 10:30 am near Parraypora where she teaches in a preparatory school. “They snatched her belongings and assaulted her. One of them threw acid on her face and both of them fled from the spot,” the girl’s uncle told Greater Kashmir.
“The man who threw acid on her was stalking her for quite some time,” the family said. The victim told police that one Reyaz Ahmad Nath son of Ghulam Rasool Nath resident of Lone Mohallah Chanapora had threatened her several times.
The victim is under close observation in the Ophthalmology ward of SMHS Hospital with burn injuries on her face and arm. Doctors have declared her out of danger, but are worried about damage to her eyes and disfiguring of her face.
Prof Qaiser Ahmad, in-charge Principal Government Medical College Srinagar, said the acid had left ‘not so deep burns’ on her face. “But we are worried about her left eye as burns would cause permanent damage to her vision,” he said.
Prof Qaiser said: “The victim is out of danger but the preliminary investigations reveal that her left eye is damaged and does not have vision.” Soon after the victim’s statement, police raided the house of Reyaz Ahmad Nath of Lone Mohallah Chanapora, a shopkeeper, and arrested him. Police also arrested Mudasir Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid, also a shopkeeper from Chanapora, in the evening. Mudasir is suspected co-attacker in the crime.
Victim’s brother blamed Reyaz for harassing his sister. “He harassed her several times in the past also and was forcing her for a relation. My sister rejected his proposal every time as she is getting engaged after a month,” he said, demanding stringent action against the attacker. Her refusal irked Reyaz and he resorted to this cruelty, he said.
DIG Central Kashmir, Syed Afad-ul-Mujtaba said police have taken a serious note of the incident and arrested the accused. “Sadder Police Station has registered a case FIR No. 2/2013 in this regard,” he said.
Mujtaba, who visited the victim at the hospital, assured the family that police will bring the perpetrator to justice at the earliest. He ordered that the investigation of the case will be pursued expeditiously.
Earlier talking to Greater Kashmir, the DIG said parents should report every stalking and teasing incidents to police as, he said, it was not possible for police to patrol every area.
Violence against women has seen an increasing trend in the past few years in the valley, however acid attacks have been rare.
At a sensitization workshop here a day ago, civil society members and human rights activists demanded effective implementation of laws in the state to stop violence against women.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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