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Girl suffers acid attack for spurning advances


“What was my fault to deserve this? I have done no wrong,” cried out the 14-year-old girl who, along with her two siblings, became the latest victim of acid attack in West Bengal's Murshidabad district.

She and her 10–year–old sister have suffered major injuries in their right eye after two youths, Ripon Sheikh and Situ Mandal, allegedly attacked them with acid.

The elder victim had apparently rejected the advances of Ripon. The victim's father recently fixed her marriage with someone else which precipitated the issue.

The incident occurred at Nawdapara village under Jalangi police station in Murshidabad district in the early hours of Friday.

“My brother, sister and I were asleep when they broke into the room and threw acid on our faces,” the girl told The Hindu over phone as she is being taken from one hospital to another.

The victim’s seven-year-old brother escaped with minor burns, the girls were less fortunate; they are in danger of losing their right eye.

“Had I known that someone is troubling her, I would have intervened; but my daughter thought it was a petty issue. What do I do now?” asked Minajul Sheikh, the distraught father.

According to the police, the two accused have been arrested and the court has remanded them in five-day police custody.

Attacks on the rise

This was the 13th reported acid attack in the last 11 months in the State in which 23 people have been injured and one killed.

Compared to 2013, there has been considerable increase in acid attacks. Last year, 10 persons were injured in six cases.

These figures have been compiled by the Acid Survivors Foundation of India (ASFI) on the basis of media reports and replies to Right to Information queries.

Avijit Kumar, assistant director (headquarters), ASFI, said that rejection of sexual advances account for majority of acid attacks in the country.

Females between 11 and 30 years are the most vulnerable to such attacks; in 36 per cent incidents, the victims are targeted for rejection of marriage proposal, Mr Kumar said.

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