8 years on, justice eludes acid attack victim

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Bhubaneswar:  A horrifying acid attack eight years back has completely changed Pramodini Roul’s life leaving her visually impaired.  The girl, now 24, from Tirtol in Jagatsinghpur district is still running from pillar to post to see the accused behind bars.

Pramodini was 16-years-old when a youth Santosh Bedanta had allegedly threw acid on her on April 18, 2009. Though the victim’s family had lodged a complaint, police is still clueless about the miscreant responsible for the acid attack.

The victim was then a student of Adikabi Saraladas Mahavidyala when a youth Santosh threw acid on her over an one-sided love affair.

“I was returning to my uncle’s house, when the youth came in a motorcycle and threw acid on me to take revenge as I had slapped him for making undue advances,” said Pramodini.

Following the incident, Pramodini underwent treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital for long. But she lost her eyesight in the acid attack.

“The accused used to make phone calls, use slangs and threaten of dire consequences, “said Pramodini’s mother, Kabita Roul.

After the matter resurfaced, Bhadrak police informed that based on the complaint filed by the victim at Tirtol police station, a raid was conducted yesterday on the address of the accused mentioned in the FIR.

“We had conducted a raid yesterday but could not find anyone as per the name and address mentioned in the complaint, “said Inspector-in-charge of Bhadrak Town police station, Jadumani Jena.

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