Acid attack on Indian woman filmed in busy New Delhi market
Shocking video footage on Tuesday showed two men throwing acid on a woman in a busy market area in New Delhi.
The incident took place in west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden market after the 30-year-old victim left home on a scooter to go to a nearby hospital where she works as a doctor, the Press Trust of India reported.
The grainy CCTV footage shows two men on a motorcycle with their faces covered by their hoodies pulling up next to the victim, whose face was also wrapped with a scarf, and attacking her with acid, AFP reported.
The woman reportedly screamed for help, but passers-by walked and cycled past.
The highly corrosive chemical singed half of her face, NDTV news channel’s website said, adding that police were analysing the footage to identify the suspects.
Acid attacks have long plagued India, often targeting women in public places as a form of revenge linked to dowry or land disputes or a man’s advances spurned.
But Tuesday’s incident surprised the victim, who told police that she did not know the men or suspect anyone, according to NDTV.