Haryana acid attack victim gets Rs.20 lakh for surgery

Chandigarh, June 20 (IANS) A girl volleyball player, who became the victim of an acid attack in Haryana's Rohtak town last year, will be given Rs.20 lakh by the state government for her plastic surgery, a state minister said Thursday.

Women and Child Development Minister Geeta Bhukkal said the state level panel set up under the Relief and Rehabilitation of Women Acid Victims scheme, which met here Thursday, decided to release an immediate relief of Rs.20 lakh to Ritu Saini for her plastic surgery.

Bhukkal said that any further assistance, if required for the treatment, would also be given to Saini.

She has been advised to undergo plastic surgery by the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, for which the cost would be around Rs.20 lakh.

Saini was attacked in Rohtak town May last year by two youths who threw acid on her. Police said the assailants were hired by a cousin of the victim, who liked her, to throw acid on her. The duo has been arrested.

The Relief and Rehabilitation of Women Acid Victims scheme provides temporary relief, medical reimbursement and rehabilitation services to acid attack victims.

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