A man believed to be the ‘spurned boyfriend’ threw acid on a girl getting ready for her wedding in a beauty parlour on Saturday morning,leaving her in a critical condition with 60 per cent burns. The Barnala-based girl was to get married to a Doraha-based boy at Sterling Resorts on Pakhowal Road. However,before the wedding bells could ring,the girl had to be taken to hospital where she is battling for her life.
Three others in the beauty parlour also suffered burn injuries.
The police lodged an FIR under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and rounded up a boy for questioning. Though they did not reveal the identity of the boy sources said he may not be the attacker.
The perpetrator of the crime left behind a note in which he claimed to be an ex-boyfriend of the girl. He came to the beauty parlour carrying a mug,told the staff at the reception that he was a relative of the bride who was getting ready and wanted to hand over a letter to her.
After entering the parlour,he first enquired where the girl was sitting. Then he flung the acid in the mug over the girl,inflicting burns on her and three others – including the beautician who was doing her make-up. Among the others injured was another bride,who too was getting ready,and a second beautician. All the injured were rushed to Dayanand Medical College Hospital.
The other bride suffered minor injuries on the neck and was discharged after first-aid. The two staff members of the beauty parlour,who received burns on the elbows and legs,are stated to be stable,but the girl who was specifically targetted was stated to be critical. She suffered burns on her face and the other body parts down to the lower abdomen.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Harsh Bansal said they found a note in the parlour,apparently left by the boy,stating that he knew the girl for the past three years and that they had got married in court.
Bansal said,”After talking to family members of the girl,we have zeroed in on some persons and one of them is being investigated. We expect to nab the culprit soon.”
The girl belongs to a lower middle-class family while the boy is a Kolkata-based transporter who has an ancestral house in Doraha. His family refused to comment,but it is learnt that the marriage has been postponed for the time being.
The mother of the victim suspected “some insider” was behind the incident and had asked the police to question certain relatives. The family did not comment on the theory of the spurned boyfriend,saying that the police will investigate and reveal the details.
In the past two years,more than 10 such cases have taken place in Ludhiana where men have thrown acid on girls to seek revenge. The availability of acid freely in the market is the main reason behind such attacks. Although the shopkeepers are supposed to maintain a record of the buyers and the purpose for which they buy acid,but that alone does not act as a check. DCP Bansal said the law should be more strict on sale of acid.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari condemned the acid attack and said,”This is a macabre incident which not only deserves condemnation,but the culprits also deserve exemplary punishment for this brutal crime”.
Tewari expressed concern over the way the accused managed to barge into the beauty parlour,throw acid on the girl and escape. “This has caused a sense of fear among the people”,he said.