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UP gangrape survivor faces fourth acid attack, despite police protection

UP gangrape survivor faces fourth acid attack, despite police protection

A 35-year-old gangrape survivor was attacked with acid for the fourth time in Lucknow on Saturday night.

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal said: "We had given the BJP six months time but things have become so bad in three months that it is clear there is no law and order in the state". In between, in 2012, she had been attacked with a knife.

Acid was thrown at the woman sometime between 8 pm and 9 pm yesterday when she stepped out of her hostel to fill water from a hand-pump in Lucknow's Aliganj area. There are injuries to the right side of her face.

"The victim is admitted in the trauma centre and her condition is serious".

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had earlier given a cheque of Rs. one lakh as compensation to the victim's husband. He said the police did not find any clue of who threw acid on her despite an intense examination of the place where she was attacked. "Nobody saw any outsider entering the hostel", Prasad said. "But the FIR will have to be filed by the family, whom we have informed about the incident", he said. The two men are facing trials over all the attacks, but they were released on bail in April. She said, "The law and order has completely broken down in UP".

Police said that they were investigating the matter.

She has sustained burn injuries on her face and neck, police said, adding that no FIR has been registered yet and they are awaiting a complaint. "She was kept in a secure place under police protection", he said, referring to his visit to the King George Medical University in March following an earlier acid attack.

A resident of Rae Bareli, Congress President Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency, she works in a cafe run by acid attack survivors in Lucknow and lives in the hostel at Aliganj.

According to government figures, there are hundreds of such attacks involving acid each year in India, although campaigners say the real figures are much higher. The same woman had alleged that on March 23, two brothers Dileep Singh and Pradeep Singh from her native village had forced her to drink acid on a moving train.The woman had levelled allegations against the same accused in 2013 alleging they tried to kill her with acid.

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