Violence against women- India acid attack victim in critical condition

May 5, 2013 | By More

May 5, AP – Rathi and Preeti arrived in Mumbai last Thursday on their first visit to the “city of dreams”, which turned into a nightmare after an unknown youth hurled acid on her face shortly after they got off the Garib Rath from New Delhi at Bandra Terminus.

human rights observers india acid attack victim in critical condition women rightsThe condition of Preeti Rathi, the nursing graduate from New Delhi who was the victim of an acid attack here four days ago, continues to be critical, her father said on Sunday.

“She continues to remain in the ICU. There is no improvement in her condition so far,” said a worried Amar Singh Rathi, her father, who is camping in Mumbai’s Masina Hospital, Byculla, to take care of his 25-year-old daughter.

She had come to take up a new job as a nurse lieutenant at the Army Medical Hospital in Colaba, south Mumbai. Now, the family has no clue about her career prospects with the defence establishment, according to Rathi.

“We shall officially approach the army authorities in Mumbai tomorrow [Monday] and present her case. Then it will be for them to decide,” Rathi said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways have decided to take care of all her medical bills as the incident happened within the railway premises, said Rathi.

Masina Hospital director, R.B. Dastur, said that Preeti suffered internal burns due to inhalation and consumption of acid, and has lost all vision in the right eye. Her left eye is apparently not affected.

Mumbai police have released sketches of the unidentified attacker based on CCTV footage from Bandra Terminus, but he remains at large four days after the incident.

Police have also questioned Preeti, her father Amar Singh Rathi, his brother Vinod Kumar Singh and his wife Sunita (Vinod Kumar) Singh.

The family has told the police that the attacker possibly may have boarded the train at Navsari, Gujarat, where they first spotted him.

He got the opportunity at Bandra Terminus when, his face covered, he lunged at Preeti and threw the acid from a plastic bottle on her. Some of the acid fell on Amar Singh, who works as a foreman with an electricity plant, Bhakra Beas Management Board, and two other passengers.

Although many passengers attempted to chase the attacker, he managed to disappear into the crowds.

The Government Railway Police, Bandra, has registered a case pertaining to attempted murder and causing grievous hurt by dangerous means or weapons, and are attempting to trace the culprit.


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