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Howrah:  A man in Bengal’s Howrah district threw acid on his sister-in-law after she turned down his advances and offer of marriage.

The incident took place past yesterday midnight at Khalishani Pubrapara under Uluberia police station jurisdiction. The injured girl, with severe burns on a side of her face and back, is admitted to the Uluberia Sub-divisional Hospital.

Sheikh Sariful had married the girl’s sister some 10 years ago and the couple lives in a locality close to Khalishani Pubrapara. They have three children. Yet Sariful has been allegedly stalking and making advances at his wife’s younger sister.

On many occasions, he tried to get intimate with her but she resisted all such moves. Her family kept mum apprehensive that making this public will earn ill repute for the girl and nobody will marry her.

Recently, the family fixed her marriage with a youth from Shyampur, again in Howrah. The marriage was to take place next Monday. Hearing the news of this, Sariful lost his senses and rushed to the girl proposing her marriage. Sariful told her that he will have both her elder sister and her as wives.

The girl outright rejected the proposal and send back Sariful hurling expletives for his outrageous intention. Peeved at this, Sariful turned up the girl’s residence around 1.30 am today and threw acid on her through a window that was kept open to let in the cool breeze.

The girl curled up from sleep due to the burns caused by the acid. The family rushed her to the Uluberia Sub-divisional Hospital and got her admitted there. Today morning they lodged an FIR at Uluberia police station against Sariful. The accused has since been absconding.

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