Mangaluru: Acid victim recounts ordeal - Seeks harsh punishment for attacker


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Feb 1: Swapna lost her husband a year back. She lives at Kodimbala, Kadala taluk, with her three daughters. She came under acid attack on January 23 this year.

Recounting the turn of events, she said that her husband's younger brother, Jayanand Naik, splashed acid on her from the window even as she was holding her baby and playing with it. "I and my child were suffering from burns inflicted in the acid attack and he did not heed to my request and wails of my child, and blocked the exit door," she explained.


Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLA D Vedavyas Kamath and DC Sindhu B Rupesh at acid attack victim’s rehabilitation

Swapna entirely depends on income from a small farm she has. Jayanand often used to sexually harass her and fight with her on the issue of land dispute. Swapna did not attach too much importance to these fights. On January 23, he came to her house, and incited her through some remarks. When she saw out of the house from inside, he came nearer, and tossed acid at her through the window, which burnt her face, neck, chest, and arm. The child too suffered injuries to its face, she explained.

Swapna's face has been burnt completely and she has lost sight in her left eye. She is consuming only juice and water now, and is unable to speak.

As there is no vehicle facility near her home, she said she called Kadaba police station for help as the accused was blocking her way. But the police wanted her to come to police station and file complaint. "After my brother-in-law left, I took my child and walked two km and reached Kodimbala government hospital. From there, they sent me to Puttur and Mangaluru hospitals," she explained.

She said after registering complaint, the police asked her to bring witnesses. She wondered with choked voice how can she go searching for witnesses at a time when she needs to undergo treatment in the hospital. She said that her two elder children, aged 6 and 3, are unable to attend their school at Kadaba as they are now in her parental home in Kasargod.

Addressing a press conference, leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Durga Vehini, Matru Shakti and Chilimbi Om Shree Math, have urged the government to arrange to hold investigation in a fast track court and see that the accused is punished at the earliest. Om Vidyananda Saraswathi Swamiji said that the person concerned has been accused of attacking the lady on property matters but also pointed out that he has been accused of sexual harassment too. Praveen Kuthar, district convener of Bajrang Dal, said that Vishwa Hindu Parisad and Bajrang Dal will disburse one lac rupees to the distressed woman.

District in-charge minister, Kota Srinivas Poojary, who met the lady on Friday, said that he would recommend relief from Chief Minister's Relief Fund to the maximum extent at the earliest. District Women and Child Welfare department officer Usman, said that for victims suffering maximum injuries in such cases, there is provision to get maximum of eight lac rupees as compensation.

MLA D Vedavyas Kamath and deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, Sindhu B Rupesh were present.

A bank account in the name of the victim has been opened in State Bank of India, Chilimbi branch, Mangaluru to enable willing persons to extend financial help to the woman.

Account name: Swapna
Account No: 20494114947
IFSC code: SBIN0040954
Bank Name: State Bank of India, Chilimbi branch, Mangaluru

 

 

  

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 2 2020

    What's up with throwing acid, psycho? he is terror to our society, such vikritha mental people should be awarded with death punishment as he is dangerous..
    Police is irresponsible as usual, as I understand Police in crime patrol serial are only very sincere In real life they are useless.. suspend such police folks as they are of no use anyways..

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  • Diwakara B., Kota/Kundapura

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    "she said that her husband's younger brother, Jayanand Naik, Jayanand often used to sexually harass her. This animal must be given 10 times severe punishment. For him she is like "elder Sister in Law who is like his mother". Yeddji kutch karo. else this will become our culture.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    It was a good step by the various outfits to come together for a social cause which is outright misogynistic. May it be known that this type of behavior and sexual harassment of women will not be tolerated.

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  • Cynthia ï, Kirem

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    Before giving him any punishment, please throw a bottle of acid on him... Let him experience the same pain and suffering like that of toddler and mother went through till she got treatment.......mother of three children... Still is struggling to look after her children... God bless them all the ways... Idiot man... Sexually harassing only some men know in this modern world... Hang him

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    Procedural changes/major reforms in Police Dept.'s functioning and especially in their method of dealing with the poor/marginalised/helpless women & child complainants, are the crying need of the hour. Unfortunately, our system is totally biased in favour of the rich and influential sections of the society (with rampant political interference in the functioning of the Dept.)

    Similarly, our judicial system/judicial procedures also need major reforms and appointment of sufficient number of judges/support staff, for meting out quick justice, and especially for protecting the interests of the less influential/poor/marginalized sections of the society.

    At any cost, strict and quick punishment of those found guilty, is the only way forward.

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  • Francis Lobo, MANGALORE

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    Everybody including DC started enquiring & talking compensation only when VHP & swamiji made a press conference & demanded action. Otherwise all govt authorities including our minister & MLA's were not concerned. So only protest results in action

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  • Robert D., Qatar/Mulki

    Sun, Feb 2 2020

    Francis, That is our culture. You know that age old saying 'bisiyagade benay karagadu' English also there is a saying 'crying baby will be feed first'. In Kerala also after protest, case is given to CBI they found out who is murderer of that teacher. Else our good hearted police will write as "unnatural Death, case pusk"

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  • James, Bendur

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    First take the strictest action agaisnt the Kadaba police who did not rush to her place to help her. Secondly asking her to bring the witness even after knowing her painful situation.
    Our police department is meant to protect the political leaders and criminals and no use for the common public. Shame on police who failed to help the victim.

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  • RAKSHITH, udupi

    Sat, Feb 1 2020

    unimaginable suffering for the mother and the innocent child. should not spare the culprit at any cost. hanging him is not enough ,he should be given worse treatment. our judicial system is a cruel joke.

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