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India woman attacked with acid for fifth time

July 2, 2017 5:08 pm

A woman in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh who survived an alleged gang-rape and four separate acid attacks has been targeted again by an acid-thrower.

She was attacked outside a women’s hostel in Lucknow while getting water from a hand pump, police said.

The woman, 35, had been receiving round-the-clock police protection because of the previous attacks, which were linked to a property dispute.

Anger is growing at the authorities’ inability to protect her.

She was allegedly gang-raped and first attacked with acid by two men in 2008, over a property dispute, the details of which are not clear.

The same two men are then accused of throwing acid at her twice more – in 2012 and 2013 – to try and get her to drop the criminal charges against them.