Yogi Adityanath meets gang-rape survivor allegedly forced to drink acid

Yogi Adityanath takes the oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister during a swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on March 19. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India Mar 24, 2017, 02.20 PM (IST)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath Friday directed police to arrest two men who allegedly forced a gang-rape and acid-attack survivor to drink acid on a moving train.

Yogi Adityanath visited the survivor, a 45-year-old woman, at Lucknow's King George's Medical University hospital where she is being treated, PTI reported. He directed the police to arrest the accused and announced Rs 1 lakh assistance for the woman.

The chief minister also summoned ADG (Railways) Gopal Gupta and directed him to ensure that the accused are arrested.

Women's welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi also visited the victim and assured all help.

The woman, who works with Sheroes Hangout Cafe, an outlet run by acid attack survivors in Lucknow, and had gone home on March 10 for her daughter's board examinations.

The incident took place aboard the Allahabad-Lucknow Ganga Gomti Express when the woman was on her way back. 

She subsequently got off at Lucknow's main Charbagh station and unable to speak,  submitted a written complaint to the government and the railway police.

In her complaint, the woman says two persons forced her to drink acid around 10.30 am on Thursday, police said.

This was the fourth attack on the woman who was allegedly gang-raped and attacked with acid by the two men at her home at Raebareli over a property dispute in 2009.

She was attacked with a knife in 2012, a serious attempt on her life. In 2013, she was attacked with acid, police sources said.

Meanwhile, Inspector General (Lucknow Zone) Satish Ganesh has ordered action against three "insensitive" women constables whose selfies near the victim's bed in hospital went viral on the social media.

(WION with inputs from PTI)