Three young sisters were the victims of a horrific acid attack — while they were sleeping in bed.
Police believe a man climbed up to the open bedroom window on the second floor of the girls' family home.
The culprit then threw an acidic liquid through the window onto their bed in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The eldest sister, aged 17, suffered major burns to her face and chest after the horror attack.
Her two younger sisters, aged eight and 12, suffered minor injuries to their hands, probably from attempting to shield themselves from the acid.
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All three were admitted to the district hospital where they are receiving medical treatment after the attack in Paska village, Gonda in India's Uttar Pradesh..
Officers believe the flammable liquid was a chemical often used in toilet cleaner.
There have been no arrests made but a police investigation has been opened into the incident.
The three young victims are from the Dhobi community and belong to the Dalit "scheduled caste".
A police official told media the sequence of events at 2.30am suggested the attacker was aware of the layout of the family home and that the girls were sleeping in a room on the second floor.
He said the police have yet to trace the attacker or the motivation behind the horrible crime.
Police hope the eldest girl will be able to help identify the attacker and perhaps clarify the reason for the attack.
Acid attacks on women have been increasing in frequency in India in the past decade, with at least 72% of reported attacks including at least one female victim.
Studies show that the men who carry out the attacks have often been rejected by a girl they had wanted to marry or have sex with.
Muslim women are also targeted for acid attack by Hindu men.
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