Patna: A 24-year-old woman, Sarita Kumari, was arrested after allegedly attacking a man, Dharmendra Kumar (22), with acid in Vaishali district, Bihar. The incident occurred in Simarwada village under the Patepur police station’s jurisdiction when the victim reportedly refused to marry the woman. The victim, a taxi driver, suffered severe burn injuries to his face and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hajipur.
Chronology of the Incident
- Relationship and Call: Dharmendra and Sarita Kumari, who were neighbors, had been in a relationship for the past five months. Around 2 am, Sarita called Dharmendra, expressing a desire to meet.
- Attack with Acid: The attack occurred as Dharmendra was leaving Sarita’s home after their meeting. Sarita, accompanied by an unidentified man believed to be her acquaintance, allegedly threw acid on Dharmendra’s face.
- Victim’s Condition: Dharmendra suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Local residents rushed him to a private hospital in Hajipur upon hearing his screams.
- Arrest of Sarita Kumari: Sarita Kumari was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after Dharmendra recorded his statement before the police in the hospital. The arrest followed allegations that Sarita attacked Dharmendra after he declined to marry her.
- Confession and Motive: During interrogation, Sarita Kumari reportedly confessed to the attack. She stated that Dharmendra did not want to marry her, and after his family fixed his marriage to another woman, she decided to disfigure his face.
Legal Action and Investigation
- FIR and Charges: The police registered an FIR against both Sarita Kumari and the unidentified male accomplice under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (criminal act done by several persons) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
- Verification and Search: The police are conducting verification based on the victim’s statement. Efforts are underway to identify and apprehend the other accused, who is currently absconding.
- Ongoing Investigation: Further investigation is ongoing to gather additional details and ascertain the motive behind the attack. The victim’s account of the incident will be crucial in determining the course of the investigation.
The case highlights the serious consequences of relationship-related disputes and the need for preventive measures to address such incidents. Authorities are actively pursuing the investigation to ensure justice for the victim and legal action against the accused individuals.