In a horrific incident, three Dalit minor sisters aged 8, 12 and 17, were reportedly attacked with an inflammable liquid, suspected to be acid, on Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district while they were sleeping at their home.
Police investigating the case said that the acid was thrown at the girls from the window in the room. The eldest sister suffered major injuries on her face and chest while the younger ones were subjected to minor injuries.
All the victims, as of now, have been admitted to the Gonda district hospital where they are being treated and the investigation is underway.
The worst part is that there has been no arrest in the incident yet. The three sisters are from the Dobhi caste, which falls under the SC category.
The whole incident is said to have been plotted by an attacker from Paska village under Paraspur police station limits of Gonda at around 2.30 am on Tuesday. The attacker had climbed the house to reach the second floor and threw acid at the three sisters.
After the Hathras rape and murder incident, this is yet another incident where the targets are people from the Dalit community.
Sadly, such cases stamp the facts in recent NCRB report that show the increased crime rate against SC and ST communities.
The report further adds that the crime rate against women in India has also gone up by over 7.3 per cent with over 4 lakh cases registered in 2019 as compared to 3,78,236 cases in 2018.
Meanwhile, overall rape cases across India have dropped in recent years.