26/12/2014 9:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Delhi Acid Attack Took Place Because Doctor Refused To Marry Colleague

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 21: Acid attack victims sit on hunger strike demanding fast-track court for violence against women and effective and stringent laws against acid attacks at Jantar Mantar on December 21, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Acid attack victims ended their week long strike. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: The 30-year old doctor who survived an acid attack in Delhi had turned down a marriage proposal from her 32-year-old colleague Ashok Yadav, who then decided to "teach her a lesson," according to Delhi Police. The young doctor had studied in Russia with Yadav, and they lived in the same neighbourhood in Delhi, police said.

Police claimed that they had known each other for three years, and Yadav had recently found out that the woman doctor was planning to get married soon which "pushed Yadav over the edge."

"During interrogation, Yadav claimed 'Main sabak sikhana chahta tha usse' (wanted to teach her a lesson)," said a senior official.

Yadav reportedly paid two juveniles Rs. 25,000 to execute the plan.

It was the syringe used by the attackers that helped police determine that it was unlike a regular robbery bid. The two attackers had stolen the woman doctor's bag, in an attempt to throw cops off their trail and treat it as a case of snatching.

"The robbery was a trick to mislead the investigators. The belongings were later recovered from Yadav's house," said Pushpendra Kumar, DCP (west) to journalists.

According to a Times of India report, Yadav had a fight with the female doctor on November 5 after she received a text message from a male friend of hers. According to the report, "his jealousy was further fanned by her sharing details such as what dress she planned to wear for a meeting with a prospective groom."