In a heart wrenching incident from Panna, a woman is suffering from partial vision loss after acid was poured in her eyes. The woman was brutally thrashed long with her brother. According to reports, the accused had abducted the woman and her brother after suspecting that the girl had helped another girl of their family to elope with a man.
Hours after the incident was reported, the Panna police nabbed the two accused who confessed to the crime.
The sale of acid from over-the-counter avenues was banned in 2013 in India due to multiple brutal acid attacks. And yet, India continues to be losing its fight against crimes related to acid attacks. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, between 2014 and 2018, India reported jaw-dropping 1,500 acid attack incidents.
What makes the situation even more serious is the fact that with such a high number of attacks, India attracts the lowest acid attack related convictions. According to an RFI report, less than 5% convictions are made in such cases despite stringent laws and punishments.
Recently, Madhya Pradesh’s Panna was shaken up by another acid attack where a woman was brutally beaten up and then had acid thrown in her eyes. These are the facts of the matter.
The Facts of the Matter
On Wednesday, a 20-year-old woman was brutally thrashed along with her brother. She was then attacked with acid by the accused and is currently suffering from partial vision loss. The incident transpired on September 21, Tuesday.
What Triggered the Accused?
Reportedly, the accused barged into the women’s home and picked up a fight with her brother. It’s being reported that the accused’s sister had eloped with a youth and the accused were suspecting the girl and her brother’s involvement in the matter.
Panna SP (Superintendent of Police) Dharmraj Meena was quoted in an Hindustan Times report saying, “She told Pawai Police that the accused — Summi Raja and Goldi Raja — arrived at her house and started fighting with her brother. They later took her and her brother to a nearby forest and allegedly thrashed them.”
Accused Tried Molesting, Threw Acid When Girl Objected
SP Meena also said that the accused attempted molesting the attack survivor. When she objected to the molestation, the accused threw acid in her eyes and then fled from the location. While the woman was left screaming for help, the brother is being reported to be missing.
Fortunately, the woman was spotted by a local who rushed her to the district hospital. On preliminary check-up, the woman was directed to the Chitrakoot Eye Hospital.
The accused have been slapped with multiple sections of the Indian penal Code. The police has registered a case under Section 326 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), Section 324 (Voluntarily Causing Hurt), Section 294 (Punishment for Using Obscene Language), and Section 506 (Punishment for Criminal Intimidation).
Accused Arrested From Hideout
After the incident, the police swung into action and arrested 2 accused who were involved in the abduction, thrashing and acid attack. The two accused have been identified as Sumer Singh and Goldi Raja.
The police claimed that the duo was arrested from their hideouts after they fled from the location of the crime. Further, it was also confirmed that the duo confessed to their crime and that they would be soon produced to the local court.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Condemns Act
The Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra issued a statement condemning the act. “The incident at Panna was a heart wrenching incident. The attempts that were made were despicable.” He further gave more insight into the matter and added, “Both the accused have been arrested. The girl has suffered burns on the skin but the eyes haven’t been affected adversely.”