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Doctors struggle to save vision of Russian girl who suffered acid attack in Varanasi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 16 November 2015, 11:36 IST

The Russian woman who was attacked with acid in Varanasi on 13 November is undergoing treatment at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital.

According to an Indian Express report, 23-year-old Darya Prokina has sustained 40-45 per cent burns on her face, eyes, neck and chest, among other areas. Doctors are working extensively to make sure that the damage does not lead to a spread of infection and are trying to save her left eye, which they claim is relatively less damaged.

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to announce that she was tracking the case and has asked for a report from the UP government.

Prokina's landlord's son, Siddhartha Srivastava, is the prime accused in the case. Prokina, who holds a dual citizenship of Russia and Bulgaria, reportedly became close to him during her stay in Varanasi. Reports suggest that Srivastava allegedly threw acid on Prokina because she had decided to move back to Russia.

He was absconding after the incident but was arrested when he came to visit the victim in the Varanasi hospital where she was admitted.

Uttar Pradesh Cheif Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced a sanction of Rs 5 lakh for the victim's treatment.

First published: 16 November 2015, 11:36 IST
 
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