UP gangrape survivor faces fourth acid attack, despite police protection

A 38-year-old rape and acid attack survivor from the Dalit community, faced her fourth acid attack here on Saturday evening in the compound of the hostel she is living in, though she has been accorded police protection.

The victim shouted for help but the attackers managed to make good their escape after perpetrating the crime, the police said.

The Rae Bareli police have detained Bhondu Singh and Guddu Singh, the two men accused of gangraping her and carrying out the acid attacks on her.

"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.

Incidentally it was the third acid attack on the woman, who had also been gang raped by two people in 2008 in Raebareilly following a property dispute.

On Saturday night, the two assailants allegedly entered the hostel by scaling the perimeter wall of the hostel and threw acid on her. She was again allegedly forced to drink acid while travelling in a train to the state capital in March this year.

The SSP said the woman did not lodge any complaint as yet.

Adityanath had visited her in the hospital and announced assistance of Rs 1 lakh. An armed guard was provided for her security round the clock on his directions. The gunners were later withdrawn.

A probe is on in the matter, they said. She was first attacked with acid in 2011 followed by other serious attacks again in 2011, twice in 2012 and another in 2013. The woman is in trauma. "Despite all these, how did this incident take place?" he said.

Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi described the incident as shocking and unfortunate and said action would be taken after the investigation report.

The incident had came to light when the woman had got off the Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Express at Charbagh Station here and gave a written complaint to the government railway police.

Speaking to ANI, Juhi said, "The law and order has completed broken down in UP". She wrote the complaint as she could not speak.

The Samajwadi Party attacked the state's BJP government over the law and order situation.

  • Joe Gonzales