UP: Gangrape survivor attacked for the fifth time

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02 July, 2017

In a shocking incident, a 35-year-old gangrape survivor from Lucknow was attacked with acid for the fourth time on Saturday evening. And still, in spite of an armed constable stationed in the waiting room of her hostel, two men managed to scale the walls of the building she lives in and throw acid at her when she had stepped out to fetch water around 9 pm.

The woman's family claim that the acid attacks are being sent by the accused and their kin to dissuade the victim from demanding justice.

The report further added that the recent attack has caused severe injuries to her face. We have already initiated a probe into it, Abhay Kumar Prasad, Additional director general of police, Lucknow said. The attackers poured acid down her throat and she was admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

The inmates tried to trace the culprits but they had disappeared by then.

She was forced to drink a "corrosive liquid" by unidentified persons, on train while she was returning to Lucknow from her village. She was first attacked with acid in 2011 followed by other serious attacks again in 2011, twice in 2012 and another in 2013. In December previous year, some people threatened to rape her daughter as well.

Under the Yogi sarkar which promised better governance in Uttar Pradesh and vouched for eliminating instances of crime which the most populous state of the country has remained infamous for, another incident of violence against women has emerged, confronting the same promises.

Earlier, two men had allegedly raped and attacked her with acid over a property dispute in her home at Unchahar in 2009, 100 kilometres from Lucknow. However, the ordeal for the woman continues.

July 1, 2017: Barely 2 months after the last acid attack, the woman was attacked again.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.


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