Of the many tragedies that form the narrative of India today, few are as heartrending as that of Kousetti Swapnika.
A 22-year enginering student from Warangal in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Swapnika was the unfortunate victim of some demented youths who hurled acid at her.
After suffering serious injuries to her face, neck, chest and back, Swapnika died a few hours ago in a Secunderabad hospital after a painful 21-day battle.
Indian media reports suggest that the local police were unresponsive to complaints from Swapnika’s family before the attack but after the incident and the ensuing public outrage went into overdrive and murdered the girl’s alleged attackers Srinivas, Sanjay and Harikrishna in what is euphemistically described as an encounter.
Swapinika’s friend Pranitha, who was also injured in the incident, is said to be recovering.