Toddler survives brutal acid attack

A two-and-a-half-year-old boy became a victim of a fight between his mother and a neighbour after he was attacked with acid and dumped in a garbage bin in Gurugram.

According to police, the child’s mother, Sunita (name changed on request) and Preeti (name changed on request), lived in the same locality and often quarrelled over petty issues. Nearly six months ago, the duo got into another heated argument. Preeti, who had lost her husband just a few days ago, felt humiliated. Her brother Gobind, 19, could not tolerate the insult and decided to take revenge, police said.

Meanwhile, Sunita shifted from the locality. But Gobind went through with his plan. The victim’s father alleged that he kept stalking Sunita. He attempted to kidnap the child on several occasions, but failed.

On December 13, Gobind arrived at the victim’s home and lured the child with chips. Since the child knew who he was, he did not raise an alarm. Gobind kidnapped the child, poured acid on him, smothered him and threw him in a garbage bin.

“He (Gobind) sat with the child in Beri Bagh area for a few hours. Then he smothered him. He planned everything, and was carrying acid in liquor bottle. He poured it on the child’s stomach and he fainted. Thinking he was dead, Gobind threw him in a garbage bin near Shivpuri area,” an officer said.

A passerby spotted the child and informed the police.

The police scanned the CCTV footage of the area and showed it to the child’s parents, who identified Gobind. The victim’s father alleged Gobind had been troubling his wife for the last six months. The police arrested him from Rajiv Chowk in Gurugram on Sunday, while he was trying to flee from the city.

Meanwhile, the child has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital. “He had inhaled fumes as well. His is stable and he has around 10 per cent burn injuries. He will be remain in hospital for one more week,” said a senior doctor at the hospital.

Manish Sehgal, ACP, Gurugram, said, “A case under sections 346 (wrongful confinement), 307 (attempt to murder), 326A (punishment for throwing acid) and 364 (kidnapping) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered. Further investigation is on.”

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