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Severely wounded Christian boy has slim chances of survival after attack


A Christian boy who suffered burns to 65% of his body in an acid attack in eastern India’s Bihar state is in "very, very critical” condition and is unlikely to survive, according to the doctor treating him.


The family said they suspect Hindu nationalists are behind the attack because the boy is a leader in a local church and the area they live in has anti-Christian sentiments.

The victim, identified as Nitish Kumar, was attacked with acid after he left his house in a village to go to the market in the early morning on the 11th of August. Now, Dr. K.N. Tiwari of the burn unit of Appolo Burn Hospital in Patna city said “his survival chances are low,” Morning Star News reported.

Drenched, Nitish initially thought they had mischievously thrown water on him, the victim was quoted as saying. “But soon my skin began to burn. The burning sensation increased with every passing second. I dropped the basket and ran toward my house [820 yards away] screaming and howling.”

The motorbike did not stop, and in his pain he couldn’t see its license plate, he added. The acid burned 65% of his body, with 15% being deep burns, Sushma Sharma, a hospital volunteer treating Kumar, was quoted as saying.


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