Chennai police informed that the accused Suresh has already been arrested. According to sources, Suresh had attacked Vinodhini with acid as she had rejected his marriage proposal.
The victim had gone home for Diwali celebrations. While returning to Chennai, Suresh on Nov 14 had thrown acid on her leaving her bereft of vision in one eye.
She was first rushed to a private hospital in Karaikal from where she was shifted to Jawharlal Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (JIPMER) in Puducherry. She was then referred to a government hospital in Chennai and a private hospital for specialised treatment, where she breathed her last.
A visibly upset Vinodhini's father, Jayapal, a watchman in a private school in Karaikal, said, "He (the accused) should undergo the same pain which my daughter suffered. Acid should be thrown at him."
Vinodhini had received financial help from various quarters, including Rs 3 lakh from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and Rs two lakh from the Puducherry government and from the public in India and abroad, family sources said.
Recently, the government has cleared laws in order to provide more security to women. According to the laws, convicts of acid attacks would get a minimum 10 year of imprisonment.
(With PTI inputs)