Kushal Kumar Jha
Three minor sisters in Uttar Pradesh attacked with acid while asleep by unknown persons
Three minor sisters in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district were attacked with acid while they were asleep at their home, the police said on Tuesday. The oldest sister aged 17 has suffered 35% burn injuries while the other two sisters, aged 12 and 8, escaped with 25% and 5% burn injuries respectively. According to police officials, all three sisters were admitted to a hospital and their condition is stable. An FIR has been lodged against the unknown persons who attacked the sisters while they were asleep on the terrace of their home on early Tuesday. "Early morning we received information that three girls sleeping in the house were attacked with some chemical and we are trying to identify the chemical. We have sent the girls to a government hospital and they are in better condition. The hospital has made all arrangements for their treatment. The eldest girl has received the maximum burn injury. We have talked to the family members of the girls and they do not have suspicion on anyone so far. Police teams have been formed and both the forensic teams and dog squads have already investigated the crime spot. We will soon find those responsible,” said Gonda SP Shailesh Kumar Pandey. The family members told the police that at around 2 AM, the three sisters came downstairs running and crying in pain. Their father initially thought that the burn injuries were from a gas cylinder, but soon realised that it was from a heinous acid attack. The parents had fixed the marriage of the elder sister recently, who is a high school pass out. She suffered the most burn injuries in the incident. The family of the sisters doesn't suspect anyone so far, SP Pandey said, while also adding that the attacker must be from the same locality as it's a small town. This incident is a fine example of how crime against women is rising at a rapid rate. The investigation needs to be fair and the culprits must be arrested as soon as possible. Government also should ensure that the sisters recieve best medical care for the injuries that they sustained in the heinous act of crime.