A 19-year-old jilted lover on Wednesday attacked a 17-year-old girl with a sickle used for chopping coconuts, for not accepting his love.
The girl, identified as Chitukuri Madhulika, a resident of Barkatpura, sustained grievous injuries on back of her neck, her stomach and her fingers in the attack. The accused has been identified as Bharat, and is a resident of the same locality.
According to the police, Madhulika and Bharat are neighbours. Bharat had been following Madhulika and harassing her in the name of love. When the issue came to the knowledge of the his parents, he was immediately taken to the Bharosa Centre in the city for counseling. However it did not have any impact on him, and in fact prompted him to call up the mother of the victim and threaten her with dire consequences.
The police and the relatives of Madhulika rushed her to Yashoda Hospital at Malakpet after the attack, and her condition is said to be critical. The police registered a case against the accused and took up investigation.