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Woman forced to drink acid by husband battles for life; DCW chief asks MP CM to take action

Madhya Pradesh police registered a legally weak FIR in the matter on June 3, allegedly omitting the provisions of the law on acid attack and terming the heinous act as mere domestic violence.

Woman forced to drink acid by husband battles for life; DCW chief asks MP CM to take action-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 21, 2021, 3:12 PM IST
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A 25-year-old woman in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior is fighting for life after she was forced to drink acid by her husband and sister-in-law on June 28. Following the incident, a neighbour had her admitted to a nearby hospital in the city.

Taking to her Twitter account on Tuesday, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal informed that the accused has not been arrested yet.

According to Maliwal, an FIR has been registered in Madhya Pradesh and the woman's statement has been recorded before the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM). In her tweet, the DCW chief urged Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan to get the accused arrested at the earliest.

Madhya Pradesh police registered a legally weak FIR in the matter on June 3, allegedly omitting the provisions of the law on acid attack and terming the heinous act as mere domestic violence.

When the woman’s condition worsened, she was brought to Delhi for treatment on July 18. The survivor’s brother called DCW’s 181 helpline and the commission got her admitted to a city hospital.

In her statement, the survivor said that her husband was having an illicit affair with a woman. When she got to know about it, he brutally thrashed her and made her drink acid the next morning, she said.

The woman's food pipe, stomach and intestines have got burnt and are visible. She can neither drink nor eat anything anymore. She is also vomiting blood very frequently, the DCW chief said.

A DCW team has been assisting the survivor at the hospital since she was admitted there.

"The doctors are not very hopeful of her recovery as she is in a very bad state. It is a matter of shame that the Madhya Pradesh police dealt with such a serious case with this kind of insensitivity. I have written a letter to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, asking him to get the culprits arrested and ensure action against the police officers who tried to weaken the case," Maliwal said.

Taking cognisance of the incident, the National Commission for Women (NCW) head Rekha Sharma wrote to DGP Madhya Pradesh and sought an action-taken report at the earliest.

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