Jilted lover throws acid on 16-yr-old

Culprit reacts as girl objects to sexual assault

Angry over being spurned, a youth threw acid on a minor in the state capital injuring her seriously.

The youth identified as Riaz Ahmed, a resident of neighbouring Raebareli district, 80 km from here, who was said to be related to the victim, called her Saturday on the pretext of discussing a pressing matter and allegedly abducted her.

According to police, Riaz tried to sexually assault the 16-year-old victim and when she protested poured acid on her face and threw her out of the vehicle and fled.
The girl suffered serious burn injuries on her face and other parts of body and has been admitted to hospital.

Police said an autorickshaw driver, who heard the cries of the victim, took her to hospital. Family members of the victim said the culprit was related to them and that he had been harassing the victim for the past several days.

They had asked Riaz not to visit their house after the girl had complained about it to them.
The culprit, who was double the age of the victim, used to work in a Gulf country and had returned a few months ago.

A special team has been formed to nab the culprit.

Airports have been alerted as there was a possibility that Riaz may try to escape to a foreign country, a police official said.

Earlier too, girls had been targeted in a similar way for rejecting advances. A few months ago a girl in Agra was attacked with acid by her lover after she declined to marry him.
Barely a couple of days ago, four members of a family were attacked with acid after they turned down a marriage proposal from a youth in UP’s Bulandshahar district.

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