Unsafe India! Five women in Kolkata injured in suspected acid attack

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India has continued to prove that it is possibly the most unsafe place in the world to be a woman. Apart from the record of rape cases on daily basis making that country to be referred to as the World’s rape capital, acid bath has emerged as another form of attack on women. Checkout this story.

At least five women have sustained injuries after unidentified miscreants threw a chemical at them from a moving taxi in Kolkota, India on Sunday.

According to an eye witness, a liquid was splashed on those passing by from inside the yellow cab at around 9 pm on Panditiya Road, near the busy Gariahat crossing in south Kolkata

“We were standing on the road when we saw a taxi speeding away while some women shouting on the road. We realised some acid-type chemical had been thrown on them. We took them to a nearby sweet shop and gave water to wipe their face. Later, we also saw some men chasing the taxi on bike. They said other women had been attacked similarly in another area,” claimed Bimal Dolui, a mechanic who witnessed the incident while working at his garage in the area.

“My daughter was returning from a medicine store in Triangular Park when a taxi came speeding from the opposite direction. When the vehicle came closer, the driver pulled his hand out of the window and splashed some liquid on her. She felt a burning sensation in the face,” said Binod Roy, father of a victim.

The 18-year-old was rushed to the Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan and later shifted to plastic surgery department of the government run SSKM hospital where she was released after first-aid.

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“She is traumatised after this incident. Such things have never happened before. We always felt girls were safe here but this particular incident compels us to think otherwise. We have lodged an FIR but no one has been arrested yet,” Roy added.

Kolkata Police has intercepted the said taxi and a case has been registered at the Ravindra Sarovar Police Station. The driver, identified as Ricky, managed to flee and a hunt is on to nab the culprits.

Cops are also checking the CCTV camera recording in the area to ascertain the sequence of events. Meanwhile, police have begun questioning the owner of the cab in order to trace the whereabouts of the driver and others travelling in the vehicle.

(India Today)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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