A 21-year-old woman was on Friday attacked with acid in Bhopal by a man who later allegedly committed suicide by stabbing himself, police said.
Renu Sahu, a resident of Shankaracharya Nagar in the Madhya Pradesh capital, has suffered about 50% burns and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital where her condition is stated to be stable.
Family of the woman alleged that 47-year-old Sanjay Patil, a resident of Shalimar Sterling Homes in Ashoka Garden area, had been
harassing her for almost a year.
Renu, who works as gym trainer, was on her way to her work when she saw Patil near a petrol pump. Fearing that he would harass her again, she went to the Ashoka Garden police station to lodge a complaint.
Talking to reporters in the hospital, Renu said the officers at the police station refused to take action and told her that the matter should be reported at the Bajaria police station.
“I decided to go to Bajaria police station as I was fed up with the constant harassment by him. Patil, who was on a bike accompanied by another person, intercepted me and threw acid on me from a bottle. I fell down and became unconscious for a while,” she said.
“When I regained consciousness, I saw people around me. I called up my mother but when there was no reply I called up my gym manager and informed him. He came and took me to the hospital,” she added.
Police sources said Patil, after attacking Renu, stabbed himself and was also beaten up by passersby who had gathered after the incident. He was later taken to Hamidia Hospital by the police where he was declared dead.
Superintendent of police Arvind Saxena said a case had been registered and an investigation has been launched.
“It is yet to be ascertained whether the accused stabbed himself or he was stabbed by someone else,” Saxena told HT.
Renu’s mother Mamta Sahu said Patil, a married man with 3 children, used to live in her neighbourhood and was a frequent visitor at her house as both their families had a good relationship.
“He had been harassing my daughter for almost a year and I do not why. Recently, he beat up my daughter in my house. We had lodged a complaint at the Bajaria police station, but the police didn’t take any action,” she said.
Police sources said the victim did lodge a complaint at the Bajaria police station on May 17 after Patil beat up her.
On May 20, Patil went to the victim’s gym and created a ruckus forcing her to lodged a complaint with Aishbagh police station but the police did not act on her complaint.
Saxena said a separate probe has been launched against police officers who did not act on the victim’s complaints and added that strict action will be taken against those found guilty of not taking action.