25 July 2017

Mum and daughter acid attack victims STILL live with thug whose drunken rampage left them scarred and blind

A mum and daughter are still living with the man scarred them for life in a brutal acid attack 25 years ago, as they do not have the money to leave.

Inderjeet Mahour, 60, drunkenly poured acid on his wife Geeta, 40, and their two daughters, then aged just three and eighteen-months-old, as they slept.

Inderjeet, Neetu and Greeta
Inderjeet, 60, drunkenly poured acid over wife Neetu and daughter Geeta 25-years-ago
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Acid attack survivors in India forced to live with the man who scarred them

The older of the two girls, Neetu, now 28, was permanently blinded in the attack, while her younger sister Krishna tragically died of an infection within a month of leaving the hospital.

Speaking to the Mail Online, Geeta revealed how she was forced to return to her marital home after realising she could not afford to live without her husband

She also said she was ostracised by “disgusted” neighbours, who asked her to leave the area in Agra, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India.

The couple went on to have another daughter together eight years later, and Geeta still shares Inderjeet’s bed and cooks his meals.

She said: “Even today when he gets drunk he threatens to kill us. But nothing bothers me now.

“I cry every night for the misery we are forced to live but this is our life.”

Neetu, now, 28, was left almost entirely blinded in the vicious acid attack
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With no money, Neetu and Geeta were forced to return to Inderjeet, and the couple went on to have Poonam eight years later
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At the time of the attack, the couple’s marriage was under strain, and Geeta and her two youngest daughters had gone to stay with her mother.

She said: “My eldest daughter Rekha was at my in-laws house. We were sleeping in the courtyard when he quietly got inside and poured acid on us.

“Even though I didn’t see him pour the acid, I knew it was him because he often used to threaten me: ‘don’t mess with me or I’ll ruin your face’.

“I remember screaming and screaming, my girls screaming and my mother running out. She called the police and we were admitted to hospital for three to four months.”

Neetu, Geeta, Inderjeet
Both Neetu and Geeta were permanently scarred in the attack, which happened as they slept
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Three months after the horrifying attack, Inderjeet wrote to Geeta from prison, begging for her forgiveness.

She explained: “I got scared, dropped the charges and he was released. For the next 14 months I stayed with my mother but he kept visiting, always apologising.

“People hated us. They laughed at us and looked at us with disgust. Neighbours even asked me to leave the area . I faced a lot of pressure. I was worried about our future. How was I going to raise my kids?

“So once my injuries healed and I felt stronger I went back to him. For many years he was nice to me and I shared a bed with him again and we had another daughter.”

Inderjeet, Geeta
Three months after the horrifying attack, Inderjeet wrote to Geeta from prison, begging for forgiveness
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Neetu, Geeta, Inderjeet
Brave mum Geeta says their neighbours were 'disgusted' when she attempted to leave Inderjeet
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Despite losing almost all of her sight and suffering acid burns to her arms, chest and face in the attack, brave Neetu said she doesn’t blame her mum for not leaving.

She said: “I can hardly remember anything about the day. But I have forgiven him.

“I’ve never asked my mother why are we with him? In our society people hate the victim more than the culprit.

“There’s so much pressure in society. My mother was totally dependent on him and she had no option but to return to him.”

Neetu had surgery on her right eye earlier this year, but her vision only improved by three per cent
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Since 2014, Neetu has been working in a cafe founded by Stop Acid Attack charity – and earlier this year the organisation helped her to have surgery on her right eye.

Sadly her vision was only improved by three per cent, and her left eye cannot be cured.

Although Geeta says Inderjeet continues to threaten her when he drinks too much, he claims he regrets what he did.

He said: “That night I was drunk. One of my friends got the bottle of acid for me. I asked for a light composition so not to harm them much.

Inderjeet said he regrets the attack, and that his 'heart cries' over what he did to daughter Neetu
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“But they washed themselves with water which made the acid boil. If they had wiped the chemical with a cloth it wouldn’t have had such an effect.

“I regret that day very much. More when I see my girl Neetu. It makes me sad to see her like this. Whenever I see Neetu my heart cries.

“I said sorry to my wife and daughter. I asked them to forgive me and they did. We had our third daughter Poonam after the attack and now, we are all living together.”

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