Another woman attacked with acid and stabbed; condition critical

- RAMESH KUMAR PAUDEL, NABIN PAUDEL, CHITWAN / NAWALPARASI

Sep 26, 2018-

A day after a teenage girl succumbed to burns caused by an acid attack two weeks ago, a 30-year-old woman was attacked with acid and stabbed at Kawasoti Municipality-16 in Nawalparasi (East) on Monday evening. The victim, a mother of two children, is in critical condition.

Bimal BK, 37, poured acid on Basanti Pariyar and stabbed her in the abdomen and head near Danda Bazaar, Kawasoti. The victim sustained burn injuries in her face, chest and hands.

The perpetrator, the victim’s next-door neighbour, assaulted Basanti while she was returning home from the market place along with her elder sister Mithu and another woman at around 6:45pm.

Critically injured Basanti was rushed to Chitwan for treatment. She is receiving care at the ICU unit of Bharatpur Hospital. “The victim sustained 20 percent burn injuries in the attack,” said Dr Suresh Pradhan, who is involved in her treatment. “She also got serious injuries in the head and abdomen as she was assaulted with a knife. We have put her on ventilator. Her condition is critical.”

Doctors cannot rule out danger before 28 hours, he added. According to Mithu, the Pariyar and BK families have lived in the same locality for three generations and had good relations. “We never thought he would commit such an act,” she said.

“He [Bimal], who often smiled upon seeing us, did not speak when he met us on the street. He followed us for a while. He suddenly snatched Basanti by her hair and poured acid [on her]. Then he stabbed her with a knife,” Mithu, who was in front of the ICU unit of the hospital, told the Post.

According to the victim’s relatives, neither Basanti nor other family members had any dispute with the suspect in the past. “I heard that he went to Birgunj and bought the acid. We don’t have any misunderstanding and dispute. I don’t know why he committed such a heinous crime,” Prakash, the victim’s husband, said.

According to neighbours, Bimal’s wife has been staying in her maternal home for the past few months following a dispute with her husband. Bimal had recently filed a case in the district court seeking divorce.

Police detained Bimal soon after the crime. Deputy Superintendent of Police Lilaraj Lamichhane of Nawalparasi (East) said the suspect confessed to the crime. Motive behind the incident is not immediately known, an investigation is going on, said DSP Lamichhane. It is suspected that Bimal attacked the victim with acid as the

latter refused his marriage proposal.

In Rautahat on September 12, Samjhana Das, 18, and her sister Sushmita Das, 15, were attacked with acid by their neighbour Rambabu Paswan, 50. Samjhana passed away on Sunday night while her sister is receiving treatment in the Capital. Paswan, a married man who tried unsuccessfully to court Samjhana, had attacked the Das sisters at midnight.

Published: 26-09-2018 07:21

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