Acid attack on Salem woman, accused still absconding

34-year-old Gayatri was about to take her children to school on Monday when she was attacked, allegedly by 40-year-old Sreenivasan.
Acid attack on Salem woman, accused still absconding
Acid attack on Salem woman, accused still absconding

On Monday, a 34-year-old woman in Salem was attacked with acid while she was about to take her children to school, on a two-wheeler. Gayatri, a resident of Guhai in Salem, was attacked by 40-year-old Sreenivasan, an acquaintance who was allegedly angry because she had stopped speaking to him.

According to reports, Sreenivasan who is a resident of the same area fled the scene within minutes of the assault. Gayatri suffered burns on her chest and face and was rushed to a government hospital. The police are yet to file an FIR in the case and are currently registering the survivor's statement. A judicial magistrate is also present at the Salem hospital. She has reportedly suffered 40% burns.

Speaking to the media with a lot of difficulty, Gayatri conveyed the short conversation that she had with her attacker. "I was going to to get my vehicle to drop the children in school. He came up to me and said – 'You don't talk to me, you shouldn't live anymore'. He then threw acid on me. I've known him for a year," she said.

A relative of the survivor who was at the hospital told Sun News that she stopped talking to the attacker because of opposition from her family.

"They have not been talking for a while. He called out to her in the morning and she didn't respond. He then threw the acid on her. We then rushed her to the hospital. She is undergoing treatment now," he said.

Sevvapettai police who are investigating the case told TNM that they are yet to nab the absconding accused.

This incident comes a day after a 26-year-old woman was attacked with acid in Telangana’s Nalgonda district on Sunday, after she tried to resist a rape attempt. She is presently availing treatment at a government hospital in Devarakonda.

According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, the accused, identified as B Mahesh, entered the woman’s house when she was alone and tried to rape her. However, as she resisted, the police said that the accused abused her with casteist slurs and threw acid on her.

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