A jilted lover chopped off a 15 years old schoolgirl’s hand with a sword at a busy Indian market in broad daylight. Attack took place at Lakhimpur Kheri market, in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, when victim was shopping with her younger brother. Girl was immediately rushed to a private hospital where doctors are trying to stitch her dismembered hand back on.

 

Vinod Chaurasia 19 years old is accused of attacking her and is alleged to have been stalking the girl for past few months. Vinod, who works at a welding workshop, spotted girl shopping with her younger brother on Wednesday afternoon. Police claim he followed her to try and convince her to go out with him but when she turned him down, he took out sword and cut off her hand. He then repeatedly struck her with sword but fortunately, the crowd overpowered him and handed him over to police. A senior police officer told ‘The girl was referred to Lucknow for treatment as she was in a very critical condition. She had lost a lot of blood. Our priority is the health of the girl, who is still critical. Once her condition improves, we will record her statement following which the motive of the attack can be clearly ascertained.’ The shocking incident came days after a minor girl was stabbed to death by her alleged stalker in Balia, Uttar Pradesh, while she was on her way to school. Stalking was made a serious crime a year after a physiotherapy student was brutally gang raped in a moving bus in 2012. Offence invites 3 years in jail and a fine. Despite that, cases of stalking are phenomenally increasing in the country. In 2015, 6’238 complaints about stalking were registered of which 519 were from Uttar Pradesh and 1’123 from the national capital New Delhi.

 

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