Gang-Rape Survivor Forced To Drink Acid
A 35-year-old gang-rape survivor in Uttar Pradesh is in a critical state after two men grabbed her and poured acid down her throat on a train to Lucknow last evening. This is the second acid attack on the woman, whose eight-year-old rape case was about to go to trial.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath this morning visited the woman being treated in the ICU at Lucknow’s King George Medical College. He declared Rs. 1 lakh compensation for her and ordered the police to arrest the attackers at the earliest, reportedly questioning a senior officer how such an attack could happen.
In 2008, the woman was gang-raped at her village in Raebareli and acid was thrown on her abdomen in a brutal assault. Three men were arrested.
The family says it has received constant threats over the years as part of aggressive attempts to force them to withdraw the case.
On Thursday, the woman was attacked on the train she took after a two-day visit to Unchahar, around 100 km from Lucknow, where her husband and children live. She works in Lucknow, at a cafe that employs acid attack victims.
“It is good that the Chief Minister came but I want the men to be arrested. He told me strict action would be taken and that is what I want,” said the woman’s husband, who had dropped her off at the station.
“This is not the way the police and justice system should work…I am a poor man but still pursued the case because I believe in my wife.”