A 35-year-old mother of two attacked her boyfriend with acid for allegedly turning down her marriage proposal, the police said.
A CCTV visual showed the accused woman, identified as Sheeba flinging acid on the victim, 27-year-old Arun Kumar at the premises of the St Antony’s Catholic Church near Adimali in the Idukki district of Kerala, India.
Sheeba was arrested three days after the Nov.16 incident.
Kumar, who hailed from Poojappura in Thiruvananthapuram district, suffered serious burn injuries and is in danger of losing his eyesight. He is currently undergoing treatment at the medical college hospital in the state capital.
According to the police, Sheeba and Kumar befriended each other on Facebook and were in a relationship for two years.
“When they decided to get married, Kumar came to know that Sheeba is already married to a man and has two children. Later, Kumar decided to end the relationship and marry another woman,” Kerala police said in a statement.
“But she tried to blackmail him and demanded money,” the police told PTI.
On the day of the tragic incident, Kumar, along with his brother-in-law and friend, was at the church to give Sheeba the amount she sought.
When she failed to convince Kumar to marry her, the enraged woman came forward and flung acid on his face. Sheeba too suffered injuries from the attack, police said.
In a similar but unrelated incident, a dumped lover disguised in a heavily padded ‘fat suit’ threw acid on his ex-girlfriend’s face, leaving her scarred for life.
On May 20, the accused medical student, 25-year-old Milad Rouf disguised himself to appear as a black woman to throw the concentrated liquid over his ex, Dr. Rym Aloui as she opened the front door of her home in Steine Gardens of Brighton, a city in England.
The junior doctor, who is in her twenties, was left with life-changing injuries and has gone through five major operations since the attack.
Aloui is still unable to see out of her right eye and has been left with damage to her eyelid and the skin of her face, chest, neck, and arm.
The attack happened six weeks after Alaoui had broken up with him and moved to Brighton from Cardiff in April, the court heard.
On Oct.7, the Lewes Crown Court sentenced Rouf to 11 years in prison.