New Delhi: In a curious but horrible case of suspected acid attack that took place in the national capital on January 24 at Shastri Park near Burari, a 16-year-old boy allegedly poured an acid-like chemical on a “random” 15-year-old girl “without any motive” following a spat with his girlfriend.
The girl had gone to pick up her 10-year-old cousin from a school in the area
“The boy has confessed to the crime,” North Delhi Additional Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena told, adding that there seems to be “no apparent provocation”.
“As per the preliminary investigation, there is no reported history of personal animosity or any romantic involvement between the suspect and the victim. The suspect expressed a general dislike for girls and claimed that he randomly chose the victim. He did not know the victim,” he said.
The officer said the boy prepared a solution of caustic powder and water and brought it to the spot in bottle. The chemical caused burn-like sensation, irritation and itching on the victim’s eyes, nose and neck.
Following the attack, the girl was rushed to a government hospital in Burari. She was discharged after treatment, he said.
The police claim to have seized forensic evidence such as a small bottle, the caustic powder, a water solution, handkerchief mask, clothes and a bag.
A first information report (FIR) has been registered un sections 326(b) and 341 of the Indian Penal Code at Burari Police Station.
Since the accused is a juvenile, he will be dealt accordingly, said Meena.
“Counselling sessions have been arranged for the boy for his mental health as well as aiding the investigation process,” the top cop said.
“Once the investigation reaches its conclusion, the findings will be formally conveyed to the Juvenile Justice Board. This board is tasked with evaluating the circumstances of the case and determining the appropriate course of action concerning the juvenile offender,” he added.