Horror In Hawal: Srinagar Woman Suffers Burn Injuries In Acid Attack

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Srinagar- In a shocking incident, a young girl sustained severe burn injuries on Tuesday after an unknown youth splashed acid on her face in Hawal area of the Old City.

The 24-year-old girl (name withheld) was attacked with acid on Tuesday evening at Wantpora area of Hawal, officials said.

The victim, who is undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital, has sustained severe burn injuries on her face and minor acid injuries on her left hand.

“Nine percent of the victim’s face has been completely burned due to the splashed acid.”Kanwaljeet Singh, Medical Superintendent, SMHS hospital told Kashmir Observer.

“It is still uncertain whether her eyes have been damaged in the attack or not.”

He further added, “The doctors will operate on her tomorrow in order to verify whether her vision is still intact or the attack has damaged her eyes. However, the victim's condition is stable.”

Pertinently, the identity of the attacker, as per police, is still unknown but cops have intensified the search for the assailant who is on the run and a case has been registered under Indian Penal Code’s punishment for acid attacks in Nowhatta Police station.

SHO Nowhatta, Taseer Khan told Kashmir Observer that an FIR has been registered and an immediate enquiry has been called into the matter.

“A case under FIR No. 08/2020 U/S 326-A of IPC has been registered to nab culprits behind the attack. The police have already started the investigation and questioned the people living in the area where the incident took place. The preliminary investigation has suggested that there are no CCTV cameras available at or near the site of the incident,” he said.

The Police official further added, “The cops have intensified the search for any eye witness but the investigation will witness a major breakthrough when the victim discloses the details of the incident and the identity of the assailant. We will also check the victim’s phone to acquire a list of people who she had contacted before the attack. This will also help us to find a lead towards the assailant’s identity and will also verify whether the victim had any acquaintance with the attacker or not.”

Acid Attacks In Kashmir: Timeline

January 2, 2013: Riyaz Ahmad Nath of Chanapora threw acid on a 30-year-old female school teacher in Parraypora.

December 11, 2015: A 21-year-old girl student was attacked by a car borne youth with acid near her Law College in Nowshera.

October 5, 2021: A17-year old girl suffered burn injuries on shoulder after a man splashed acid at her in Shopian district.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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