A 22-year-old jewellery shop assistant became the latest victim of ‘love’ on Sunday when she was attacked by a jilted lover with a pair of scissors. The victim, Shanthi, was admitted to a hospital with ten stab wounds.
The incident took place at her residence at Ganeshnagar in Nagole under the LB Nagar police station limits. Police took the accused into custody within hours of the attack.
According to the cops, the girl had an affair with the accused when they were working in a shop. However, their parents had not agree to their marriage since they belonged to two different communities. She had then got a job at a jewellery store in Dilsukhnagar. The accused, 26-year-old Kalyan too was working in a shop in the same area.
Around 11 a.m. on Sunday, Kalyan went to Shanthi’s house and quarrelled with her mother, Indira, demanding that she agree to the marriage. “At that time, Shanthi was working on a sewing machine. She refused to speak to him and asked him leave the house immediately. Kalyan picked up an arguments with her too,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), LB Nagar, J Amrender Reddy, said.
When Shanthi tried to end the argument, an angry Kalyan took the scissors lying near the sewing machine, stabbed Shanthi and attacked Indira. Shanthi, who received more than ten stab injuries, collapsed in a pool of blood while Kalyan fled from the place.
Indira informed her neighbours, who alerted the police. They shifted the mother and daughter duo to the nearby private hospital. “There were as many as 10 stab wounds on Shanthi’s hands, back and stomach. Her condition is critical while her mother’s health condition is stable,” police said.
Meanwhile, the police took Kalyan into custody. Earlier too, Shanthi had lodged a complaint with the LB Nagar police stating that Kalyan was mentally harassing her in the name of love. Police had arrested him then and had worked out a compromise between the two sets of parents. The case had been dropped after Kalyan assured to not bother her again.