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Police issue notice to Flipkart in Delhi acid attack on schoolgirl

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police on Thursday issued a notice to Flipkart about the acid attack on a 17-year-old girl in west Delhi's Dwarka, ANI reported.

The accused had reportedly bought the acid through Flipkart.

"We have issued a notice to Flipkart seeking details about the order placed by Arora," PTI quoted a senior police officer as saying.

Survivor continues to be in ICU

The 17-year-old acid attack survivor continues to remain in the burns ICU of Safdarjung Hospital and is conscious, PTI quoted a doctor as saying.

Two masked men on a bike threw acid on the girl minutes after she left her west Delhi home for school on Wednesday, leaving her with serious injuries.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident, leading to an outrage with many raising questions over the availability of acid in markets despite a ban.

"The patient is conscious, well oriented and afebrile. She has suffered 8 per cent chemical burns on the face. Eyes have also been affected. Treatment is on. Ophthalmologists are also providing conservative and supportive treatment. She continues to be in the Burn ICU," a senior doctor said.

Three people — prime accused Sachin Arora and his two friends Harshit Aggarwal (19) and Virender Singh (22) — have been arrested, police said.

Special commissioner of police, law and order, Sagar Preet Hooda told a press conference that the acid used in the attack was procured through an e-commerce portal and payment was made by Arora through an e-wallet.

In a statement, police said on the basis of technical evidence, it was found that the acid was procured on Flipkart.

During interrogation, it was learnt that Arora and the victim were friends till September. They fell out and this led the accused to attack her, Hooda said, adding that he lived in the girl's neighbourhood.

Flipkart condemns attack

Flipkart on Thursday condemned the acid attack and said it has blacklisted the seller from its platform and is extending all support to the probe agencies, according to PTI.

Earlier in the day, the Delhi Commission for Women issued notices to two e-commerce firms for allegedly allowing sale of acid on their platform.

"We strongly condemn this unfortunate incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and her family. The Flipkart marketplace platform closely monitors and delists products that violate expected standards.

"Strict action is taken against sellers who are found to be engaged in selling products that are illegal, unsafe, and prohibited. The concerned seller has been blacklisted, and we are extending all support to the concerned authorities in their investigation," Flipkart said in a statement.

NCW issues notice

The National Commission for Women on Thursday issued summons to e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart over the alleged sale of acid on their platforms.

The commission has scheduled a hearing with the Country Head of Amazon India and CEO of Flipkart India Pvt Ltd on December 23 at 2pm during which they are required to appear in person, the NCW said in a tweet.

DCW notices

The DCW said it has learnt that acid is easily available on leading online shopping platforms such as 'Amazon' and 'Flipkart' which is illegal.

"The ease of availability of acid on online platforms is a matter of grave concern and needs to be checked urgently," it said.

The panel has issued notices to Flipkart and Amazon seeking explanation in the matter.

"The commission has sought reasons for availability of acid on the e-commerce platform along with details of sellers who have placed 'acid' as a product on their platform.

The panel has also asked whether license of the seller was checked before posting the acid product on the online platform. It has also sought a copy of the license obtained by the platforms for selling acid online," the statement added.

The panel has asked whether the photo IDs of those purchasing acid online were sought.

The DCW has also sought a complete list of the purchasers along with their photo ids.

"The commission has also sought a copy of the policy adopted by the platform regarding sale of government regulated products online," it added.

DCW also asked the portals details of steps taken for removing restricted items, including acid from the online portal. The portals have been asked to furnish the information by December 20.

With agency inputs

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