A woman constable of Bihar Military Police (BMP) suffered severe burn injuries after her husband threw acid on her face inside the barracks in Rohtas on Friday.
The victim, Gudia (24), is undergoing treatment at Sasaram Sadar Hospital, around 175km southeast of Patna.
Gudia, a member of the women’s battalion of the elite police force, couldn’t escape because the perpetrator of the crime was her husband Om Prakash, who allegedly has a strained relationship with the constable. Gudia, in a complaint lodged with the Sasaram Mufassil police station on Friday, accused her husband of attempt to murder and assault.
Narrating her tale of woes, Gudia told senior police officers that her husband, a native of Uday Singh Nagar in Uttarakhand, reached the police barracks at Sasaram to meet her. Finding Gudia alone in her room, Om Prakash assaulted her and threw acid on her face. Some women constables, who rushed to the spot after hearing the victim’s cries, detained Om.
“Two cops — Ram Janam Singh (jamadar) and Balram Murmur (havildar) — helped Om Prakash escape from the campus,” she alleged in the complaint submitted to the acting Mufassil station house officer Ramesh Kumar on Friday. Om has been booked under sections 341, 323, 324 and 307 of Indian Penal Code.
Gudia and Om Prakash were Facebook friends who decided to tie the nuptial knot in 2011. Their relationship later strained and the two planned to live separately. “He got enraged after I filed a divorce petition in a Saran court,” she said.
A doctor attending to the cop said: “She suffered more than 20 per cent burn injuries. It will take some time to heal the wounds. It may even take years to get the scars removed from her face. She may have to undergo a plastic surgery.”
Inspector-general (weaker section) Arvind Pandey said: “Instructions have been given to the investigating officer of the case to include sections 326A or 326B so that the criminal could be punished under the new law.”
Under Section 326A, a person, who throws or administers acid on another person and causes damage or deformity, is liable for imprisonment that is not less than 10 years and may extend to life imprisonment. Any fine that is collected under Section 326A is granted to the victim for medical expenses. An attempt to throw acid on a person is met with imprisonment of up to seven years and not less than five years for the attacker under Section 326B, he explained.