UP poet attacked after confronting youth for harassing girl; FIR against five

New Delhi: A noted Urdu poet was allegedly attacked by an acid-like substance and beaten up on Friday night for confronting those sexually harassing a girl, in Firozabad’s Rasoolpur area

As per reports, the attack by five men left injuries to Hashim Firozabadi’s face and hand.

On Friday, a resident of Rasoolpur locality complained to the 42-year-old poet about his daughter being harassed. A few boys had allegedly found out the girl’s mobile number and were harassing her on the way to coaching classes, said Firozabadi. “I suggested that he approach the police but he was unwilling,” Firozabadi said. “So I called one of the accused and tried to convince him. He paid no heed.”

The accused and his brother attacked Firozabadi after the poet attempted to persuade them. “They threw a liquid, which appeared to be acid,” said Firozabadi. “It caused a burning sensation and has left marks on my face and hand.”

Rasoolpur police station registered a First Information Report against five men, reported The Times of India. They have been identified as Saif, Musaif, Sunny, Saklen and Akshay.

The five have been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, including for voluntarily causing hurt and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.

The poetry community has condemned the attack.

“It’s a serious matter. It’s condemnable that a poet, who had gone to help a girl facing sexual harassment, has been attacked. Firozabad police should act fast and nab the accused,” Amir Akbarabadi, a noted poet from Agra was quoted as saying by HT.