Nepal | August 12, 2020

Spurned, man asks staffer to throw acid on woman

Share Now:


Police have arrested two persons, including an Indian national, in connection with acid attack on a 22-year-old woman from Okhaldhunga.

Those taken into custody by a joint team of Teku-based Metropolitan Police Range and Metropolitan Police Crime Division from Dallu area are Mohammad Alam, 47, of Rautahat and Faiyaz Alam, 23, of Bihar, India. MPCD In-charge Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Thapa said the woman sustained minor burns on face and neck after Faiyaz threw acid on her last night while she was returning to her rented room in Bafal.

Mohammad, who used to sell garments in Dallu and is already married, told Faiyaz, who works in his garments shop, to throw acid on the victim to teach her a lesson for ‘rejecting his marriage proposal’.

Mohammad invited the woman to a cafe in Dallu for having tea last evening. After having tea, he offered to drop her to her rented room on his motorcycle. “Faiyaz was waiting near her room with a bottle of acid. While she was walking towards her room after getting off the bike, Faiyaz threw acid on her and fled away. Mohammad picked Faiyaz and dropped him to his rented room in Bafal itself,” an investigating officer told THT.

Locals alerted the police about the attack. The victim was rushed to Swoyambhu-based Manmohan Memorial Hospital, from where she was taken to Kirtipur Hospital for further treatment on a doctor’s advice.

A joint team of MPC and MPCD launched an investigation into the incident based on CCTV footage and the victim’s call detail records, leading to the arrest of the two suspects at around 11:00pm. Officials said the suspects were preparing to flee to India before their arrest.

Mohammad had called the victim several times on her mobile phone before and after the acid attack. Mohammad had kept the acid in his shop for cleaning purposes.

SSP Shyam Lal Gyawali, MPC in-charge, said Mohammad had proposed the victim to marry him. However, she rejected the proposal. Gyawali said he decided to teach her a lesson when he found out that she was having an affair with another man.

Mohammad told police that he used Faiyaz to execute the attack as the victim had never seen or met him. Faiyaz claimed that he could not defy ‘his boss’s order’.

Citing doctors attending the victim, police said she was out of danger and her condition was being monitored.

The victim had first met Mohammad some three years ago through her elder sister, who works for him. Police said the victim had also worked in Mohammed’s garments shop for a month or so a few years ago.

Police made public the duo at a press meet in Kathmandu today. According to police, they will be charged under the Criminal Code Act. Section 193 of the act prohibits acid attack.

Perpetrators of an acid attack can be sentenced to five to eight years and fined between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on July 25, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Extra-time Fernandes penalty sends United into Europa semis

COLOGNE: Manchester United were forced to dig deep to reach the Europa League semi-finals as Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes converted a 95th-minute penalty to secure a 1-0 win over a stubborn FC Copenhagen side after extra time on Monday. United, who won Europe's second-tier comp Read More...

Coronavirus in APF personnel increases risk of community spread in Jhapa

Jhapa, August 10 It is suspected that COVID-19 has spread at the community level in Gauradah Municipality of Jhapa. With the detection of COVID in five people, including APF personnel today, the risk of COVID spread at the community level has increased in wards 6, 7 and 8 of the municipality. Read More...

Livewire Lukaku leads Inter to Europa League semi-finals

DUSSELDORF: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen as he tormented the Germans to lead his side into the Europa League semi-finals on Monday. Nicolo Barella put Inter ahead after 15 minutes, driving the ball home after Lukaku's shot w Read More...

COVID cases on the rise in Dharan

Dharan, August 10 The number of people infected with COVID-19 is increasing in Dharan Sub-metropolitan City. Nine more people tested positive for the disease in the city today. After the virus spread in the community from Preeti Valve and Fittings factory in Dharan Industrial Estate, the su Read More...

Bara to set up 400-bed isolation ward

Bara, August 10 Authorities in Bara have decided to set up a 400-bed provincial isolation ward in Jitpursimara Sub-metropolitan City for treatment of coronavirus infected persons. “Work to construct the isolation ward will start from tomorrow and finish in two weeks,” said Jitpursimara sub Read More...

Cases of coronavirus rising among bank staff

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 10 The rising cases of coronavirus among bank staffers across the country have raised serious concerns over the effectiveness of measures adopted by banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to prevent the spread of the virus. As banking services are among essential services an Read More...

Four of a family dead as house collapses in Doti

DOTI: Four members of a family were killed after their house collapsed in Adharsha Rural Municipality-1 of Doti District on Monday night. The deceased have been identified as Loke Luhar, his wife Bishna (35), son Paras (11), daughter Siru (7) and Jenisha (4), informed Deputy Superintendent of Read More...

849 passengers arrive on last day of fourth phase of repatriation

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 10 A total of 849 Nepalis were evacuated today via five flights. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) evacuated 151 passengers and Himalaya Airlines repatriated 149 passengers from Doha in Qatar. Himalaya Airlines also brought h Read More...