Fourth Acid Attack On UP Rape Survivor, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Conspiracy Theory

Fourth Acid Attack On UP Rape Survivor, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Conspiracy Theory

LUCKNOW:  A 35-year-old gang-rape survivor in Uttar Pradesh - given 24-hour police protection after multiple acid attacks over the past eight years - was attacked for the fourth time at her hostel in Lucknow on Saturday evening. The incident allegedly took place just a few steps from an armed guard posted at the hostel for the woman's protection.

According to the Press Trust of India, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has raised questions about the incident. The news agency quotes the Chief Minister as telling a private news channel that the hostel is absolutely safe and no outsider could get in. "Despite all these, how did this incident take place?" he said.

"Ye ghatna sachmuch ghatna hai ya phir ghatna ke naam par kuchh log kewal badnaam karne ki saazish rach rahe hain (Has this attack really happened or are some people hatching a conspiracy to defame the state government?)," he reportedly said to the channel.


The woman has alleged that she was attacked with acid when she stepped out of the hostel to fetch water, between 8 and 9 pm on Saturday. The acid burnt her face, according to the police. She is being treated at the trauma centre in the city's King George's Medical University.

The police say a complaint has not been registered as her family hasn't filed one yet.


UP Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who is in charge of women's welfare, said, "We have given (the woman) a lot of protection, there is a guard, a vehicle, we have facilitated her employment. The guard's room was 20 to 25 steps away from the spot where the incident took place."

The woman works at a cafe managed by acid attack survivors.

In March this year, two men allegedly forced acid down her throat on a train while she was returning to Lucknow from her village in Raebareli. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited her in hospital and given her compensation. Hours later, the two accused named by the woman were arrested.

After the latest attack, the government has been targeted by opposition parties. "There is a law and order breakdown in UP. Every day there are instances of harassment, rapes, murders, and exploitation," said Juhi Singh of Samajwadi Party, which lost power in the state earlier this year.

The attacks on the mother of two began in 2009, a year after she was gang-raped in her village and two men were arrested. She was attacked with acid in 2011, 2013 and then earlier this year. The woman and her family allege that the rape accused are behind the acid attacks.


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