Masked Men Attack Policewoman In Uniform With Acid In Tamil Nadu

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Lavanya suffered injuries on her face and right hand, police said.


Vellore: 

Highlights

  1. Lavanya works at an All Women's Police Station in Vellore
  2. She has suffered injuries on her face and right hand, police said
  3. India has the highest recorded number of acid attacks
A female constable in Tamil Nadu's Vellore was attacked with acid by masked men on Friday.

Lavanya, 29, who works at an All Women's Police Station was returning from work when the incident took place.

She has suffered burns injuries, doctors said. She is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

The police have registered a case but are yet to identify the attackers.

Lavanya suffered injuries on her face and right hand, police said.

The brazen nature of the attack, that took place while the policewoman was in her uniform, has alarmed many.

Hundreds of acid attacks are reported in India each year though activists say the number is under-reported as many do not report cases for fear the attackers will seek revenge.

India has the highest recorded number of such attacks which are often a form of revenge by jilted husbands or rejected suitors.

Previously classified under grievous harm, acid attacks became a specific offence in India in 2013 after public pressure forced the government to improve laws to protest women following the Nirbhaya gang-rape case in 2012.


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