|Lami, an acid attack fighter|
Photo Credit: Arun Gopalan
A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha said that people are dying every day due to acid attacks but the Centre has failed to frame a scheme despite assurance given by it on the last hearing on April 16.
It is because of the efforts of Laxmi that the plight and struggle of acid victim has come to the fore. Laxmi desires that sale of ‘acid’ in shops should be immediately banned.
Her struggle forced government to rethink on this issue in totality. New clause has been added to IPC which deals with acid attacks. Convict can now be sentenced to 10-years imprisonment.
Laxmi is not well, needs treatment, and her father passed away eight months back. If that was not all, her brother is suffering with TB and undergoing treatment which requires her mother to be with him.
In the present situation, she is the sole bread-earner for the family. She can't afford to pay for her treatment. But despite all these hurdles, she is always present in the court during the case hearing. She has one goal—unregulated sales of acid should be banned and it should not be available in the open market.