A day before a rape victim was set on fire in Unnao by two of her alleged rapists and three others, a 30-year-old woman faced acid attack by four men in a village. Near there for refusing to withdraw her complaint of rape against them from the court, police said on Saturday.
The woman suffered 30 percent burns and is undergoing treatment at a Meerut hospital near there, they said. The four men barged into the woman’s house on Wednesday night and poured acid on her as she had been refusing to withdraw her complaint of rape against them, filed in a court here, said Circle Officer Girja Shanker Tripathi of Shahpur police station.
The woman had earlier filed a complaint in a court here, accusing the four of raping her some time back, he said. Clarifying why the woman filed the grievance in the court instead of approaching police. The sources in the department said the woman had earlier lodged the complaint with the police.
But as no evidence of rape emerged during the scrutiny, the police had to close the case, they said. Tripathi said for the acid seizure incident. A case under section 326 A of the Indian Penal Code – an especially enacted penal provision in the wake of a spate of incidents of acid attacks -has been registered by the police.
The provision entails a jail term of ten years on conviction. The other IPC sections, invoked in the FIR are sections 323 (causing hurt). 452 (trespassing into one’s house with an intention to assault him or her). 504 (criminal insult) and 506 (criminal threat), he said.