Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Anu Mukherjee

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Anu, a Bengali girl, was a beautiful dancer and had bright and colourful dreams to be a well known dancer 
one day like any other girl. But one acid attack did not only burn her face but her dreams too.Anu was born in Kalibari, Kolkata. Her father was an advocate, she says, and mothera housewife. She has two elder sisters. Born in Kolkata, when Anu stepped into adolescence, her maternal aunty and uncle had adopted her from her parents. The life was going completely fine until at the age of 10 when one day suddenly she came to know that her parents had died in a road accident. Now Anu had no one else but her uncle and aunty to depend upon. But fate did not support her here as well, at the age of 11, her aunty and uncle struck her name off from the school and even asked her to start earning money.Anu also had a younger brother to look after. Initially, she started earning by sewing and stitching. Gradually, she realized her passion towards dancing which got her to the doorstep of hotel Rajdoot in Jangpura. She mesmerized everyone with her dance. But this also brought to her many envious eyes on her. She worked there for 10 long years which also gave her the opportunity to win the most favourite dancer’s award more than once.

Anu Mukherjee was the victim of a woman who she claims was jealous of her beauty and success as a bar dancer. Meena Khan was a friend who stayed in her house, and whose wedding she attended. Both of them were bar dancers. In time, they became rivals. On 19 December 2004, just as she had stepped into ParvezAlam’s autorickshaw to go to Rajdoot Hotel, a man lifted his shawl and hurled acid on her face. The man, Anu later said in her statement in court, was her friend Simran’s brother.Meena Khan and her brother were sentenced by trial courts after the case dragged on in Delhi’s Patiala House  court for about six years.The second betrayal, Anu says, was by the man she earlier loved. She had met him at the bar, and he’d slipped her a note with his number; at Rajdoot, where Anu was among a dozen girls who danced in the bar in two shifts—6 to 9 pm and from 9 pm to midnight—customers could not speak to women on the premises. had an affair with one who was married but promised to leave his wife. Not that she wanted him to. She was in love, and willing to make sacrifices for moments of togetherness.

After the acid attack, he left her. He couldn’t bear the stench of her disfigured flesh. She felt betrayed. She had thought love was deeper than just sex. “Imagine having lost a face that everyone loved, you loved,” she says, “Imagine losing your eyes, imagine losing everything because you lost your face.”

Anu’s brother Raju, who was 14 when she was attacked and had to drop out of school, is a quiet man.“When I used to see others attending school, I used to feel bad,” he says, “I used to cook, clean, work and see her go through those horrible days. We have seen tough times, real harsh times. I would cook, feed her, and go without eating for days. I used to earn a mereRs 2,800. I’d get up, wash her clothes, cook, and then had to latch her room because she’d want to kill herself all the time, and go to work. I still can’t sleep.”

In January 2011, the judgment finally came. Meena Khan, alias Simran, and her brother Raju, alias Qayoom, the co-accused, were sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment. Since the attack, Anu has changed many apartments. She used to receive threats from Meena Khan.Anamika (Anu) and Simran (Meena), the names they had adopted, were both good dancers in the opinion of one Babbuji from Rajdoot Hotel.

Anu has gone under 8 major surgeries till now, costing more than 15 lakhs. She still needs surgeries to make her face look normal, but she cannot afford it now. Anuwent to all the places from where she expected to get some help, which she could not find from anywhere. The minister of women and child development who had promised her financial aid but again, nothing much was done.

Anuthrew a bash on her 30th birthday i.e. 30th June 2009.She said it’s the right age to begin afresh. She undertook many trips to find the right sari, the right sandals, the right bag.She survives her days patting her dog FROOTY, listening to Hindi film songs about unrequited love, cooking and cleaning.


अनु मुखर्जी 

बंगाली लड़की अनु बेहतरीन 
डांसर थी. वो खूबसूरत भी थी, और अपने आप को टीवी पर देखना चाहती थी. लेकिन अचानक ही उसके चेहरे पर फेंके गए तेज़ाब ने उसका चेहरा ही नहीं बल्कि उसके ख्वाब भी जला दिए. उसकी तरक्की से जल रही और अपने पीछे रह जाने की कुंठा से ग्रसित उसकी ही दोस्त ने अपने भाई के साथ मिलकर उस पर तेज़ाब फ़ेंक दिया.

कोलकाता में पैदा हुई अनु जब बड़ी हुई तब उसके माता-पिता ने उसें उसके मौसा-मौसी को गोद दें दिया. बच्ची का स्कूल में एडमिशन भी हुआ. सब कुछ ठीक चल रहा था कि अचानक दस साल की उम्र में उसें मालूम चला कि उसके माता-पिता तो एक सड़क दुर्घटना में दुनिया से ही रूखसत हो चले. अब वो पूरी तरह अपनी 'मौसी' और 'मौसा' पर निर्भर थी. ग्यारह साल की अनु का स्कूल छुड़वा दिया गया और उसें बक़ायदा कहा गया कि वो कही से भी पैसा कमाकर लाये.

अनु का एक छोटा भाई भी था. जिसका ख्याल और देखभाल की जिम्मेदारी अनु पर ही आ गयी थी.
वो सुई-धागे का काम कर के जैसे-तैसे अपना और सबका ख्याल रखने लगी. इसी दौरान नृत्य के प्रति उसका रुझान उसे एक अख़बार के जरिए जंगपुरा के होटल राजदूत ले गया. जहां अपने डांस से सब का दिल जीत लिया और वो अनु महिने में लाखों कमाने लगी थी.

लेकिन उसकी कामयाबी से उसकी ही दोस्त मीरा उससे जलने लगी थी. मीरा उनसें भीतर ही भीतर दुश्मनी रखने लगी और होटल छोड के जाने के लिए धमकाने लगी. फिर 19 दिसंबर 2004 को होटल जाने के दौरान मीरा ने 'घड़ी' गली नंबर 12 में ही अचानक से काली शौल ओढ़े अपने भाई 'राजू' उर्फ आयूब खान के साथ मिल कर अनु  मुंह पर तेज़ाब फेंक दिया".

अनु की अब तक आठ सर्जरी हो चुकी है. जिस पर वो तकरीबन 'पंद्रह लाख' रुपए खर्च कर चुकी हैं. अनु का भाई जिसके जिसकी देखभाल और पढाई के लिए अनु काम करती थी. उस घटना के बाद भाई पढ़ाई छोड़ कर 'चार हज़ार' की नौकरी कर रहा हैं.

अनु मदद के लिए हर जगह गई. दिल्ली की महिला एवं बाल विकास मंत्री ने आर्थिक सहायता देने का आश्वासन दिया लेकिन कुछ भी नही मिला. वो कांग्रेस अध्यक्षा सोनिया गांधी से भी मिलने गयी. वहाँ भी चार-पांच घंटे पानी पिला-पिला कर उनके पीए ने यह कहकर भेज दिया की मैडम नही मिल सकती.

2011 में अदालत ने अनु केस की सुनवाई करते हुए अपना फैसला सुनाया. आरोपियों को पांच साल की सजा मिली. लेकिन एक साल बाद ही उन आरोपियों को अदालत से जमानत मिल गयी. लेकिन बावजूद इसके अनु ने हिम्मत नहीं हारी है. इन्साफ के लिए उनकी कानूनी लड़ाई अभी भी जारी है.


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