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Hit by acid, woman calls to save another

Mumbai, Nov. 9: Minutes after an ex-boyfriend flung acid in her face, a 26-year-old physiotherapist dialled another woman he had dated to warn her she was next on his hit-list.

Aryanka Hosbeitkar’s presence of mind as she was being rushed to hospital with an injured eye and a half-burnt face saved Neha (not her real name), who lives in Borivali.

Neha refused to open the door when Jerrit John, 46, who two-timed both women, turned up at her door two hours later.

“It saved her. John stood outside her door, banging, abusing and threatening her with an acid attack. He left after a while when she did not open the door,” said Johann Daniels, a friend of Neha’s.

Aryanka and Neha had dumped John three months ago when they found out he was two-timing both. All four, Daniels included, are amateur cycling enthusiasts, belonging to a group John heads.

Aryanka got to know John, a freelance filmmaker, about 10 months ago when she joined his cycling group. John was part of the production crew of films like Slumdog Millionnaire, My Name is Khan, Don and Rock On.

John 46, told Aryanka he was 32 and hid the fact that he was married with a six-year-old son. They got introduced to Neha in May when she joined the cycling group.

In July, Aryanka dumped John after finding the pictures and contact details of numerous women on his laptop.

“She also found out he was two-timing her with Neha. That’s when she told Neha. Neha too dumped him. John then beat up Aryanka in his office last month after calling her to patch up,” said Daniels.

Aryanka refused to go back to him. He threatened an acid attack on her but she refused to intimate police despite friends’ insistence.

Aryanka, who was taken to PD Hinduja Hospital, signed a “bond” and left hospital with her mother, the police said. They could not be traced. Nor could John and Neha.

Dadar police tried to downplay the attack. A medico-legal case has been filed.