Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Suneet Shukla#June 4

Mumbai: A day after Preeti Rathi succumbed to injuries sustained in an acid attack, fighters associated with Stop Acid Attack interact with the media in Marathi Press Club in Mumbai, in an attempt to apprise the country of the bitter and brutal truth of their lives post the horrendous injury.

Renowned plastic surgeon Dr Ashok Gupta came in support and addressed the medical complexities involved in treating acid burns. He threw light on the urgent need of awareness among masses regarding the first aid, immediate medical care to the victim and stressed on the need of regulating acid sale in the country.

SAA campaign coordinator Alok Dixit urged the press to drive the point home that the victimization of acid attack fighters needs to be stopped after the crime is done. The justice served in acid attack cases can not be limited to sentencing accused to imprisonment, but requires the government to take the responsibility of providing immediate medical care of the best quality to the survivor and helping them rehabilitate and live a normal life while the cases go in the court and investigations are under process, added Alok.

The fighters shared how the hypocritical society dares to blame them for their physical state and disfigured faces. Stop Acid Attacks is grateful to all the representatives of the media for turning up for the conference and hopes they will take it as their responsibility to spread the awareness about this brutal crime and the need to tackle it with urgency.

While on the one hand, the fighters working with us have shed tears in mourning for Preeti Rathi, we have also witnessed a surge in their confidence with the media's presence. We hope this momentum in our campaign against acid attacks leads us to concrete result towards curbing this crime. We thank Dr Gupta and National Women Rights Commission member Nirmala for their insightful opinions in seeking a social reform policy from this nation.

Importantly, the conference concluded on the note that blaming the government and police for every thing that goes wrong amid us in front of our eyes, while being passive indifferent witnesses, is not going to take us anywhere in struggles against social and brutal crimes.

Preeti Rathi did not get any first aid for a long time after the attack at the Bandra Terminus. None among the many Mumbaikars even bothered to throw water on the girl, which is the first and foremost first-aid in the case of any chemical burn.

1 comment:

  1. and we say we live in an educated, concerned society, here.



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    SAA is a campaign against acid violence. We 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.

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