According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) most recent data, Bengaluru saw the greatest number of acid attacks against women in the nation in 2022, with the city police recording six cases.
Bengaluru had eight reports of women being the victims of acid assaults last year, Delhi had seven, and Ahmedabad had five, out of the 19 major cities included in the NCRB statistics.
Bengaluru saw three similar occurrences last year, after Delhi reported seven cases of attempted attacks. The NCRB data showed that in 2022, there were two such attempted attack cases each in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
A 24-year-old M.Com graduate was attacked on April 28 while travelling to work by a 27-year-old guy, in one of the well-known acid attack instances that rocked Bengaluru last year. The Indian Express claims that Nagesh, who lived with the woman’s uncle for seven years as a tenant, was stalking her and persisted in doing so even after being asked to leave.
The woman was going up the stairs to her office on Magadi Road in Sunkadakatte when Nagesh sprayed acid on her from behind. She cried for aid as he kept pouring acid over her while wearing gloves as she slumped to the ground.
The man was reportedly hiding in the guise of a “Swami” at Tiruvannamalai Ashram when he was apprehended later in May. The victim received a contract offer from Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s office at his secretariat in June 2023.