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Man attacks wife and youngest daughter with acid in Kerala

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A woman and her teenage daughter were burned after her husband allegedly poured acid on them after a family dispute in Kollam, southern Kerala, on Tuesday night, police said.

Both were rushed to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital for treatment. The woman’s condition is reported to be serious.

Police said that K Jayan, a driver, used to have fights with his wife because he suspected her of cheating. On Tuesday, after an argument, he threw acid on his wife and their 14-year-old daughter was injured while trying to save her mother. Police said two other children in the neighborhood also suffered minor burns when they ran to the home after hearing cries for help.

Neigbours said Jayan, an alcoholic and drug addict, used to attack his wife and daughter quite often. After she filed a complaint, they called him at the police station a couple of times and gave her advice. They said after a short pause that he would resort to violence. Police said Jayan is on the run and efforts are underway to catch him.

According to the crime records bureau, Kerala ranked fourth in the country in acid attack cases last year. Of the 252 acid attacks, UP led 60, West Bengal 54, Delhi 17 and Kerala 13 cases. Last year, the Kerala police had decided to hand over the acid cases to a team of women led by a police superintendent from the women’s cell.

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