Acid attack victim's mother fulfills daughter's dying wish

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Chennai, Feb 25: 21 year old J Vidya's last wish was that her eyes be donated. Even as her family is reeling under the shock of her death after being a victim of an acid attack, her single mother Saraswathi has ensured that her daughter's wish remains fulfilled.

On Sunday, Vidya succumbed to her injuries at Government Kilpauk Hospital. "Her wish during her lifetime was to donate her eyes and reminded us of it even on her death bed," Saraswathi said.

On January 30 during lunch time, her lover Vijaya Bhaskar threw a bottle of acid at her, burning her back. When she tried covering her face, Bhaskar got angry and rubbed acid against her face. He then locked the door and fled.

As Vidya's mother waited to receive the body, Saraswathi said that she does not want death penalty for Bhaskar. "If he is hanged, he would not know how much my daughter suffered. He should spend his entire life in prison. Only then would he know how much suffering she had gone through," said Saraswathi.

After completing class 12, Vidya had started working. "She went to work only because we could not run the family with my earning," said Saraswathi.

According to reports, Saraswathi has requested the State Government for financial assistance. Her brother Vijay also dropped out of his studies to support the family.

According to reports, Vijaya Bhaskar had wanted to marry Vidya and approached Saraswathi. However, Saraswathi had said that it would be possible only with his parents approval. Although Bhaskar's parents had agreed to it, they said it would be possible only after his sister's wedding. He was told to avoid meeting Vidya during this time. "His mother called me and we agreed to the marriage though we were from different castes and there was a big age gap between them. Maybe he was insecure that we would not keep our word," Saraswathi said.

Bhaskar had been threatening Vidya. Four days prior to attacking her, Bhaskar had threatened to kill Vidya by either splashing acid or running her over with an auto.

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