Laxmi also gifted them the SheRoes Calendar modeled but the survivors of acid attacks & invite the couple to visit the cafe SheRoes Hangout in Agra during their visit to the monument of love Taj Mahal.
“if it was us we would have shaken from such difficulties which you faced in your life”, said the prince after knowing what happened with Laxmi and many other girls who face such a brutal crime.
Acid attack is a global phenomenon that is not restricted to a particular age, caste, religion, gender, or geographical location. Surprisingly, acid attacks have soared by up to 30 percent in the last two years in Britain. Criminals in UK are turning to corrosive substances as a cheaper alternative to guns and knives. So is the condition in India where 309 cases were reported in year 2014. Since 2012, more than 500 offenses in which people were injured or threatened with harmful substances shows how dangerous weapon acid can become if it is not controlled effectively. The governments in all the counties needs to look into this subject with far greater seriousness to understand why these attacks are occurring and what can be done to prevent them occurring.
“I will discuss with these issues with Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) today in the lunch”, assured Prince Williams before he left the venue.
Thankfully, the Prince kept his words and also wrote about his meeting on his official blog (https://www.royal.uk/duke-
Sheroes Hangout project is a self-sustainable entrepreneurial model café which can be operated by acid attack survivors for their self-growth and empowerment. Such hangout places empower a survivor of acid attack to breakthrough social dogmas and taboos relating to these cases in our society.
Sheroes Hangout is a café near the Taj Mahal, Agra, which is run by five women who have all survived acid attacks. Instead of succumbing to victimhood and staying in hiding, these women have decided to lead a normal respectable life and go to work. Sheroes Hangout is also the country's first cafe chain managed and run by acid attack survivors, opened to brisk business and supportive crowds in Agra and Lucknow.
Stop Acid Attacks
The Stop Acid Attacks campaign was flagged on 8th March 2013 which is also celebrated as International Women’s Day to stand for acid attacks survivors and against acid attacks in India. Our then concept was to work as a bridge between survivors and the society, as most of the victims of this brutal crime, which is much more grave in its impact than a rape, have isolated themselves after losing their face. Due to ignorance of the government and civil society, most survivors find no hope and stay like an outcast, in solitude. SAA aims to research and track acid attack cases and compile a data to get the actual situation of survivors. Eventually it led to the establishment of Chhanv Foundation on 2nd September 2014 as a registered treaty.