Police on Wednesday arrested a man for allegedly throwing acid at his wife after she refused to go to her in-law’s house following marital discord.
The woman was with her 10-year-old sister when she was attacked late Tuesday evening in Outer Delhi’s Rohini, Sector 16, police said.
The accused’s family, in turn, claimed that it was the woman who was carrying the acid.
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Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer) M N Tiwari said the victim suffered burns in her neck, hands and legs and was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, from where she was discharged after treatment.
The woman left her in-laws’ house on October 5 and had been staying with her elder sister and mother, who runs an eatery at Sardar Colony.
Her husband, who works as a welder, also lives in the same locality with his mother and elder brother.
On Tuesday evening, the man called his wife to District Park to sort out their differences. But an argument started after he asked her to return to his house and she refused. Two of his brothers were also present, the woman’s family members alleged.
Agitated, the man poured acid on her, but also suffered burns as she tried to defend herself, her family said. Her 10-year-old sister also suffered minor injuries on her leg, the family said.
The woman’s family got to know about the incident after her sister went to her house and narrated the incident.
The victim’s elder sister claimed that the man had come with “proper planning”.
“After pouring acid on my sister, he himself made a PCR call and reached the police station. He used to beat my sister and would force her to bring money from us. When it crossed all limits, she decided to leave him and came to us,” she alleged.
The man’s mother, meanwhile, said, “All allegations are false. We never forced her for anything. She brought the acid to attack my son. My son has suffered more burns than her.”
The man was arrested after being released from the hospital. A case under section 326 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC has been registered against him at K N Katju Marg police station.