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.
Acid attack on Russian girl - A senior officer of MEA met the victim in hospital today. He also spoke to the Doctors attending on her.- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 15, 2015
Our Ambassador in Russia spoke to her mother and offered to fly her to India to be by the side of her daughter.- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 15, 2015
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.