A 29-year-old woman has had her face burned and eyes damaged following an acid attack in a suburban district in Ho Chi Minh City just ahead of her wedding day.
Officers in Cu Chi District confirmed on Thursday they were investigating the case.
Initial information showed that the victim, D.N.N., was riding her motorcycle along a street in Nhuan Duc Commune at around 8:30 am on Tuesday when an unidentified man, who was on another motorbike, splashed a glass of acid at her face before running away.
N. then collapsed on the ground as she suffered the pain and was later brought to the Cu Chi General Hospital by local residents.
The woman was then transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in District 5 for further treatment.
According to Le Van Loc, a senior doctor at the infirmary, N. suffered burns across her face, including her eyes.
The damage to her eyes is very severe and chances are that she will lose her sight, Dr. Loc said, adding that he and other doctors are trying their best to stop that from happening.
Police officers have collected a red plastic glass with a few drops of liquid, which has acid-like properties, from the scene of the incident.
They have also gathered statements from the victim and eyewitnesses.
At the hospital, N. told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she lives in a poor family and is about to tie the knot with her boyfriend.
After the wedding, the couple plans to sign up for a labor export program to Japan, the victim said.
The acid attack could arise from a misunderstanding, N. continued, adding she was quite close to a male friend, who is already married.
“I often talk on the phone with him and his wife became quite jealous on some occasions,” she added.
Regarding the wedding, the couple may have to cancel it, N.’s boyfriend said as he took care of her at the infirmary.