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Acid attack at railway station

Asansol, June 18: A Nadia resident has accused a man who had allegedly assaulted and molested her a few months ago of throwing acid on her at a railway station last night.

The 36-year-old woman, who lives in Nadia’s Ranaghat and works as an ayah in Burdwan’s Rupnarayanpur, had got off the Sealdah-Balia Express at Chittaranjan station at 8.30pm when the accused threw acid on her and made a getaway in the train, which had started pulling out of the station.

The woman, who had arrived at Rupnarayanpur to resume work after a brief leave, and some commuters on the platform and the compartment near which she was attacked raised the alarm but by the time Government Railway Police personnel arrived, the train had left the station and the man could not be caught.

The woman has named the attacker to the police. The 38-year-old man also lives in Ranaghat and has two children. He had obtained anticipatory bail in the molestation case lodged in February.

The lady, who tends to an elderly man in Rupnarayanpur, has suffered burn injuries in her face and eyes and has been hospitalised.

The police said the victim had told them that the accused had been following her and pestering her over phone for the past few months.

According to the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013, passed by the UPA II government after the Delhi bus gang rape, the maximum punishment for acid attacks is a life term. The newly introduced IPC Section 326 A deals with voluntarily causing hurt by the use of acid and carries a minimum punishment of 10 years in jail and a maximum of a life term along with compensation for the victim.