In yet another incident of an alleged stalker attacking a woman in Hyderabad, a 25-year-old nurse working at Apollo Hospital in Banjara Hills suffered burn injuries after a man threw acid on her for rejecting his advances.
The accused and the victim hail from Kerala. The police said that the woman suffered injuries on her back, even as the accused fled after committing the crime.
"As per preliminary investigation the man had been harassing the nurse for the past eight months, though she had rejected his advances. She has been admitted to the hospital and her condition is stable," ACP (Banjara Hills Division) K Srinivasa Rao told PTI.
The accused has been identified as Pramod and was reported to be a neighbour of the woman at her native place in Kerala.
“The girl shifted to Hyderabad about two years ago and stays in a hostel. They were in a relationship for about a year before she decided to end the affair. Pramod has been following her ever since, asking her to resume the relationship,” Banjara Hills police inspector K. Srinivas was quoted as saying.
The police say that Pramod came to Hyderabad and hatched a plan to throw acid on the woman if she rejected him.
He confronted her outside the hospital where she worked and following a heated argument, threw the acid as she turned her back to him.
The Banjara Hills police have formed teams to nab the accused and were looking at CCTV footage in the area.
A case has also been registered under Section 326 A (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid) of the IPC.
This follows a spate of such incidents in the recent past that have been reported from Hyderabad.
In March this year, an alleged stalker had set a minor girl on fire near Hyderabad’s Amberpet area following which the victim succumbed to her injuries at the state-run Gandhi Hospital.
In January, 24-year-old B Janaki, who was working as a saleswoman in a supermarket, was killed when her colleague allegedly stabbed her at her house in Moosapet. She was being harrased for weeks, after she rejected her colleague's proposal.
In December last year, 22-year-old Sandhya Rani was set on fire in full public view as she was returning home from work in the city’s Lalaguda area, for refusing the advances of a stalker who was harrassing her.
Sandhya sustained 80% burns and she was rushed to the Gandhi Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.