Pahalgam acid attack victim loses battle for life

Police ‘inaction’ enrages locals, FIR only after protests

ANANTNAG: Shokee Jan, the victim of acid attack at Pahlagam who was shifted to SMHS hospital has lost her battle for life on July 25.

The 36-year-old woman married with two children was reportedly attacked with acid by her husband at her house in Laipora Pahalgam on July 9, 2015. The victim had reportedly received 80 per cent burns in the gruesome attack and was immediately rushed to the District Hospital, Anantnag where doctors on duty referred her to SMHS hospital for better treatment.

The victim’s brother Nisar Ahmad Shiekh had lodged a formal complaint at the Pahalgam Police Station on the same day, however, the police registered the FIR more than a fortnight later when villagers protested against the police inaction.

“The attacker who runs a hotel had persuaded the police that rather than a cold-blooded murder, it was a case of suicide,” a local who wished not to be named, said. “It looks like the perpetrator has bribed the police who intention is to hush up the matter.”

Smelling a rat, the victim’s brother gathered some locals who protested against the police inaction and got the case converted from Section 309 to Section 306. “Why would the police change the nature of the crime unless they had been influenced by the perpetrator,” Nisar said. “I was of this impression that the police were conducting the proceeding in a fair manner which was not to be.”  

Police has arrested the accused identified as Ghulam Hassan Lone s/o Gh. Mohammad Lone, a resident of Laripora Pahalgam under FIR No: 45/2015.

Recalling the chain of events, Nisar said that the deceased during the course of treatment told him that it was her husband who attacked her. “Gagging me, he grabbed me by my arm, and dragged into a room. After tying me to a chair, he threw some corrosive substance all over my body,” Nisar quoted the deceased as having said.

He further said the accused used to beat her on pretext or the other and ultimately succeeded in killing her.

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