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Domestic help sprays pesticide on woman

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 7: A 37-year-old woman from Niladri Vihar sustained injuries to her face today when her domestic help allegedly sprayed insecticide on her.

The incident took place when the victim, Sharmila Dhala, was sleeping. Chandrasekharpur police later arrested the accused, Krushna Chandra Praharaj, who had been working as a domestic help in the victim’s house for over two years.

The police booked Praharaj under Section 326 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code. He was later sent to jail after a local court rejected his bail plea.

Cases of acid attacks on women had been frequently reported in the past. But, this is the first case of a domestic help throwing pesticide on the face of the house-owner’s wife.

Dhala claimed that Praharaj wanted to take revenge as he was scolded recently for negligence in work.

However, the accused said that he was spraying pesticide on a door to kill termites when a little bit fell on Dhala. The incident occurred around 8am.

Sharmila was admitted to a private hospital at Patia following the incident and was subsequently discharged after treatment. She lives at Sector IV of Niladri Vihar with her son and engineer husband.

Praharaj, who is about 22-year-old, hails from Jankia in Khurda.

In her complaint, Dhala said that Praharaj had been neglecting his work for which he had been scolded recently.

“He must have thrown pesticide on me to take revenge,” she said. Her husband Sunil Rout was also sleeping when the incident took place. Dhala woke up and shouted for help when she realised that something had been sprinkled on her face. Her husband called the police who rushed the woman to hospital. The police also arrested the servant and seized the sprayer and the bottle of insecticide.

“I was using the solution for killing termites. Unfortunately, it fell on her face,” said Praharaj, adding that he had never been ill treated by Dhala.

or her family members. He also said that the victim used to treat her well.

“Though he said that he was spraying the poisonous solution to kill termites on the door, he could not explain how it fell on the woman’s face who was sleeping on a bed. We arrested him as his statements did not satisfy us,” said a police officer.