- A man from Alappuzha attacked his wife with a firewood and poured acid
- The woman complained that the husband and in-laws used to torture her demanding dowry
- She had earlier filed a complaint and police had booked her husband and mother-in-law
Yet another case of acid attack is reported from Kerala, and the police have registered a case against a Chengannur native after his wife's complaint. This is the second case of the acid attack reported from the state in a span of eight days.
Last week, a Dalit priest sustained burns after being hurled with acid in Koppam, Palakkad.
The latest incident is reported from Chengannur in Alappuzha. The accused Binu Kumar allegedly beat up his wife Dhanya Krishnan and poured acid on her, demanding more dowry. She was left with grievous injuries.
According to a statement given to the police by the 31-year-old woman, her husband and mother-in-law used to often quarrel with her and torture her for not bringing in enough dowry.
The woman claimed that at the time of her wedding, nine years ago, her parents had promised to give ₹2 lakh in cash and 20 sovereigns of gold as dowry. But they could only give the gold and ₹50, 000 and due to that, she was tortured.
On June 6, the woman's husband allegedly hit her on the head with a piece of firewood, and as she lay on the floor with blood oozing out, he threw acid at her, the police said.
Luckily the acid did not fall on her face as she shoved away his hands, but it gave her burn injuries on ears, neck and back. Neither her husband nor in-laws were ready to take her to the hospital, and she had to call her mother for help. The woman was admitted to taluk hospital, the officials said.
She had already filed a complaint in Punalur police station on June 10, and the police had booked her husband and mother-in-law for cruelty and causing grievous hurt by the use of acid, the police said.
Since the incident occurred at Chengannur, the case was transferred and re-registered.
Investigations have begun, Chengannur police sources said, adding efforts are on to nab the woman's husband who is absconding.
(With inputs from PTI)
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:35 PM IST