A miscreant hurled acid on the face of a 12-year-old girl at Burdwan’s Purbasthali on Sunday night. The girl was admitted in Kalna Sub Divisional Hospital in a critical situation.
As for the time being she is unable to see or eat, she is being fed liquid food through pipe.
Doctors have put her under observation. The assailant, meanwhile, went at large after the incident.
Police started an investigation on the basis of an FIR lodged by the victim’s mother Asha Devi (name changed), who also received burn injuries from the attack while trying to save her daughter.
“I read a letter given to me by a stranger where he expressed his desire to marry me. On taking the
letter to my mother she advised me not to react. But on Sunday night, when I was returning home from a private tuition with my mother, the youth confronted us seeking an answer from me and started to shout at us.
“He suddenly threw acid on my face while we tried to escape the spot,” the girl reportedly stated to a woman police officer.
Medical practitioners at Kalna Sub Divisional Hospital seemed very concerned about the girl’s condition.
“Her eyes seem to be destroyed permanently.
But we will advise her family to take her for further advanced eye treatment.
There is a very lean chance to restore her eye sight,” said a doctor.
The mother of the victim girl, meanwhile, received injuries in her hand. “I tried to save my girl, but that criminal hurled the acid at her face. I had told my daughter to not reply the letter, she is a good student,” said Asha Devi.
Incidents of acid attacks in some parts of the state have become a common affair in the last few months.
It may be recalled that some miscreants had hurled an acid bulb into a ladies hostel at South 24 Parganas Sonalpur a few months ago. The acid bulb fortunately missed the target and hit a windowpane. Three-four girls, who were standing nearby, had a close shave.
Three recent incidents in the state claimed lives of two women, while one suffered critical injuries from an acid attack. The women, one in Hooghly’s Tarakeswar and another in Nadia’s Tehatta, succumbed to their injuries.
The third victim, meanwhile, battled for her life in Burdwan’s Kalna for a while but was later saved by doctors.