The District Megistrate
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Subject: Acid attack corrodes yet another life
We would like to draw your immediate attention towards the acid attack patient, Reshma, who has suffered severe burns on her private parts and is struggling for her life at the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in your city.
It is disturbing to note that even after the Supreme Court's intervention and interim order to regulate the sale of acid, the attacks on women go unabated across the country. Since the SC's verdict in this regard, over six cases have come to the light so far, the most gruesome of these being treated in your city.
It is important, Sir, that you understand how critical this girl's situation is. Her husband and in-laws did not allow her any medical help for three days after throwing acid on her genitals and locked her in a room. It was only when Reshma's brothers got her out of that house that she got any first aid.
Though she was attacked on July 25, an FIR could be registered with the intervention of a local NGO only on August 12. “Bones are visible where Reshma has been brutally burnt and her skin tissues are not
responding to the treatment,” said Stop Acid Attacks campaigner Laxmi, an acid attack survivor herself, when she visited Reshma recently.
We would request you to look into Reshma's case and do the needful to save her life. It could be a simple phone call from you that could make a difference and save her, as the attention towards Reshma has been bleak so far, both medically and legally. And this, despite such an inhuman act of violence by her husband, who is also the father of their five children.
Reshma told us the acid was thrown on her genitals when she refused to undergo a sex determination test before giving birth to her sixth child. She has undergone several surgeries today, including her abortion.
This is a shameful case of paradoxical gender equations in our country and should be dealt with utmost seriousness. Crimes cannot be controlled with laws alone. If we continue to ignore such acts, society will only grow more unsafe and violent, especially for women.
Reshma's in-laws have also constantly threatened her family not to publicize the case or seek police action. But, we, as part of our campaign, will take this case not only to the people across the country, but even to the media abroad, to generate the much needed support for Reshma and her five daughters.
We sincerely hope for a helping hand from you.
Stop Acid Attacks, please.