Tamluk, July 3: Two teenaged sisters suffered burns after acid was hurled at them while they were sleeping in their East Midnapore home early today, the elder sibling blaming a local youth whose offer of marriage she had rejected.
The two girls, aged 17 and 15, and their mother were sleeping on a bed near the window of their one-storey home in Panskura when acid was thrown at them around 2.30am.
The younger sister suffered burns in her face and eyes. The elder sister, a Class XII student who had rejected the youth’s marriage proposal because she wanted to continue her studies, suffered burn injuries in her leg. Their mother had burn injuries on her right hand. All of them have been hospitalised.
The girls’ father, a farmer, has filed a police complaint against the youth, a carpenter who is absconding. The three women, however, could not see the attacker.
The 17-year-old girl said the youth was the younger sibling of her brother-in-law.
“This youth (the alleged acid-thrower) had been pestering me for the past one year. I told him that I did not want to marry and wished to continue my studies. When he came to our home a month ago, I told him not to disturb me and threatened to approach the police if he again tried to pressure me. Before leaving, he said I would have to face consequences,” she said.
District superintendent of police S.K. Jain said a case had been started against the youth under Section 326A of the IPC. “We are trying to find him.”
A doctor at Tamluk district hospital said the Class XII girl had suffered burns in her right thigh. “But her younger sister has suffered more severe burns in her face and right eye. It appears that muriatic acid was thrown. We will send the younger sister to Calcutta for better treatment,” the doctor said.
The girls’ father said: “I value my daughter’s decision and so I, too, did not agree to the marriage proposal.”