A woman suffered serious burn injuries on her face after a man allegedly attacked her with acid in southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar area on Wednesday. The girl has been admitted to city’s Safdarjung hospital where her condition is stated to be critical.
According to reports, the accused was in love with the girl and wanted to marry her.
He was reportedly irked over being refused by the victim.
According to the acid Survivors Foundation India (ASFI), acid attacks have significantly increased over the past five years, with about 800 cases recorded across the country since 2011.
Shaheen Malik of Delhi Commission for Women says the implementation of law against acid attacks is "rare" as acid continues to be sold in shops and the money provided for the treatment of victims is often misused.
Malik, who heads the DCW's team working for acid attack victims, says, "The apex court has mandated free treatment for acid attack victims but its implementation is very rare. "In several hospitals when doctors come to know that the treatment has to be done free of cost they try to just save the life of the person rather than providing an efficient cosmetic surgery."
(With inputs from PTI, more details are awaited)