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Bijnor: An acid attack and two conflicting accounts

19, Jan 2016
#gendered-violence #peacemap

Bijnor police say they will arrest woman for throwing acid on her friend, will look into her allegation that it was the friend who had tried to throw it on her
Written by Sweta Dutta | Bijnor | Updated: January 19, 2016 9:31 am
Suraj, who allegedly attacked with the acid by his female friend at his house in village Gajraula Shiv in Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh) , on Jan 13th 2016. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
A coarse white cloth wrapped around his head, Suraj Kumar, 21, sat surrounded by relatives and neighbours as they discussed the events leading to his acid injuries in Inampura village near Bijnor last week.
Suraj recounted the conversations over the past two months with his friend Afreen, whom he has accused of the attack. “Why did she do it?” he wondered.
By Afreen’s account, however, it was Suraj who had tried to throw acid on her and it spilled on him instead. The police are inclined to believe Afreen is guilty and said they are likely to issue an arrest warrant Tuesday. They are also probing her allegations against Suraj and said Afreen is absconding. The Indian Express spoke to both Suraj and Afreen three days after the incident.


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