Days after a man dressed up as "Santa" threw acid on the face of a woman in Pariyaram in Kannur district, the police arrested the suspect on Monday evening.
Identified as James Antony, the suspect is a native of Cherupuzha. James told the police that he attacked the woman with acid because she did not agree to marry him.
Instead of cheer, Christmas brought a particularly horrific change to the lives of the twenty-nine-year-old woman and her young son. A man dressed in a Santa suit threw acid on her face when she was on her way to midnight mass with her young sons.
On their way to midnight Christmas mass, Rimsy was carrying her seven-year-old son Abhishek, who is a differently-abled child, in her arms, while her older son walked with her parents a little ahead of her.
As they walked to St. Francis Xavier Church in Paryaram in Kannur district, the man walked up to Rimsy and threw acid on her face. By the time her parents rushed to Rimsy and Abhishek, the man had escaped in an autorickshaw.
Rimsy was initially taken to Pariyaram Medical College hospital and but shifted to a hospital in Mangaluru later on account of the seriousness of her injuries. Her condition is critical.
Abhishek, who has suffered minor burns and is in Pariyaram, has given a statement to the police.
The Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) unit of St Francis Xavier’s Church has staged a protest march condemning the incident and sought the immediate arrest of the culprit.