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Acid attack follows rape bid

Patna, Feb. 7: Two persons allegedly poured acid on a married woman in the small hours today when she resisted their attempt to outrage her modesty at Mohanpur Sareh village in Sheohar, around 140km from here.

The victim, a resident of Mohanpur Sareh village under the jurisdiction of the Piprahi police station in Shoehar, has been admitted to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur with 65 per cent burn injuries. Police said the woman, aged around 35 years, was found unconscious on the banks of the river Bagmati this morning. She was rushed to the Muzaffarpur-based hospital for treatment in a serious condition.

The victim reportedly told the police that she was abducted by a group of seven persons from her house and taken to a deserted place. Two among them tried to rape her. When she resisted their move, they poured acid on her body and fled.

A police officer posted at the Piprahi police station said the statement of the victim was being verified. “We have lodged a case against unidentified persons on the basis of the woman’s statement,” he said, adding that the woman would be medically examined at the hospital.

The police are yet to arrest any suspect in the case. “Raids have been launched to arrest the perpetrators of crime,” the investigating officer told The Telegraph over phone from Sheohar.

The Sheohar incident is not an isolated case of acid attack in the state. About a week ago, a youth of Supaul district suffered serious burn injuries when a group of villagers poured acid into his eyes. The youth, charged with committing theft, is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Supaul.

A similar incident was reported from Samastipur district where a middle-aged woman was attacked with acid while resisting a rape bid. The woman, a resident of Railway Colony, later lodged a complaint with the Samastipur Town police station.

A senior officer posted at the police headquarters said 18 incidents of acid attack were reported from different parts of the state last year.