In a suspected case of dowry harassment, a 31-year old woman from Punalur in Kollam, suffered serious burns in an acid attack allegedly by her husband.
The crime came to light on Wednesday when a local news portal reported it.
The accused 43-year-old Binukumar, a native of Chengannur in Alappuzha, is absconding after the incident.
Dhanya Krishnan, a native of Piravanthur in Punalur, was subjected to the attack on June 6 at Binukumarâ€™s house in Karaykkad, Chengannur. She has been under treatment at the Taluk Hospital, Punalur for a week and is yet to fully recover.
The couple got married ten years ago. They have two daughters, a nine-year-old and a five-year-old.
Dhanya claims that she has been subjected to harassment over dowry ever since marriage. â€śI was at my house with my children for two months as it was school vacations. I returned to Karyakkad in the first week of June. On the day of the attack, my younger daughter was sleeping at Binukumarâ€™s brotherâ€™s house which is near our house. I asked Binukumar to take my child back home, but he refused. When I objected, he began to beat me. He continued beating me till there was an injury on my head. After a while, he tried to pour acid on my face. As I took up a defensive posture, the acid didnâ€™t fall on my face but on my body causing burns on my right breast and body,â€ť Dhanya told The News Minute.
â€śEver since we got married, he used to assault me asking for more dowry, with the support of his mother. I suspect the acid attack was a part of that. I donâ€™t know from where acid was stored in the house. It must be a deliberate attempt and the attack was well planned,â€ť she says.
Dhanya had hidden the cruelty from her family fearing it would mentally affect her father who is bedridden. â€śHow can I come and stay in my house forever with my two daughters. I suffered everything silently thinking of the poor financial condition of my family. My relatives came to Chengannur and shifted me to a hospital. At that time, they didnâ€™t allow my elder daughter to come with me. I want her back, I wonâ€™t trust a man like this to take care of a daughter,â€ť she adds.
Binukumar is a worker at a welding workshop.
The crime was reported to the Punalur police from the Taluk hospital. On June 10, they transferred the case to Chengannur police. â€śThe search for the accused has been intensified. We couldnâ€™t find anybody at their home when we went there yesterday,â€ť Chengannur police said.