Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Nisha comes to Chhanv

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Wednesday, August 07, 2013 No comments

"The Ghaziabad girl who was attacked on July 26 is now at our centre after undergoing surgery at Safdarjung Hospital. She is recovering and gaining strength to bear with the gruesome injuries on the right of her body." 

Nisha, after spending two weeks in ICU

Barely a week after the Supreme Court restricted the sale of acid, a 22-year-old domestic help, Nisha Sheikh, was attacked on the morning July 26 by a married man who stalked her for about four years.She had repeatedly rejected his advances.Nisha from Madhepura in Bihar, who lives at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad, was on her way to work at 7:15 am when Lakhan Saxena, a gas agency employee in nearby Sahibabad, came on a bike and threw acid on her near a high-rise at the Crossings-Republik township.

Saxena, 28, lives in Vasundhara and used to be her neighbour at Vijay Nagar.“A number of parents were waiting near the housing society gate to put their children on school buses. She came running and screaming in pain. Her clothes, hair and other parts of her body were burnt. She said someone had thrown acid on her,” a security guard had said.A local resident drove the mother of two to the MMG district hospital. Doctors said she had suffered 40-50% burns on the right side of her body — face, chest and abdomen. She lost her consciousness while being treated.“He followed me everywhere for about four years. He told me that he loved me and wanted to be with me. A couple of months ago he had threatened to disfigure my face with acid and he did it today after I repeatedly refused his advances,” Sheikh said. Lakhan was later nabbed by the police, but he allegedly committed suicide in police custody. Nisha underwent a surgery at the Safdarjung Hospital last Saturday and was discharged on Wednesday, August 7. She needs to visit the hospital twice a week for dressing and needs to be away from infection until her wounds heal and hence, we have brought her to our centre Chhanv. We celebrated her fast recovery, which has been possible with a fair participation from the people who contributed on our indiegogo platform and added up to Rs 1 lakh before the government could provide it to her.

Laxmi speaks to Nisha at Chhanv on Wednesday, August 7

Laxmi, who has been through Nisha's suffering, is taking care of her and giving her strength to get through this tough time. Chhanv prays for her fast and healthy recovery and invites you to come meet the girl and share a few words of strength and support. 

(Story from Hindustan Times)


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