Here, at the campaign, we have witnessed a couple of deaths because of acid attacks, many more women being burnt across the country; and many horrifying attacks happened even in the national capital, kilometers away from the honorable Supreme Court. Almost none of the girls attacked after July received immediate compensation, as announced by the SC, nor their medical care has been taken seriously.
Acid sale goes on unabated. Many of our media friends have exposed how they could buy it with ease. Some of the state governments have brought policies in order with the SC verdict, but the implementation is not evident. States like Bihar still have illogical compensation of Rs 25,000 for an acid attack victim.
Moreover, what we have observed during our on ground campaigning, is that the government needs to make proper arrangements for treating acid attack victims at every district hospital. Just announcing free treatment would not serve the purpose when the patients are asked to buy medicines and food from outside in government hospitals.
|Nisha at 'Chhanv', after her second surgery, in September|
The rehabilitation policies should consider the survivors of past as well as many of them are living miserable, isolated lives. The central government should assign a body to assess the total number of survivors of acid attacks across the country and devise an effective mechanism to reach out to them with ample financial and medical support.
None among Nisha, Sapna, Reshma, Tarana and Parvati & Gayatri have received any monetary compensation yet from their state governments. They have only received free medical care at the government hospitals in Delhi.
Sapna was recently operated at a private hospital after a donor funded her surgery.
Some of these survivors who are fit to step out of their homes will join us at the Supreme Court on December 3.
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Nisha Sheikh 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.
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- Vijaya Gopala Suvarna (Threatened for acid throwing)
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar, Subramanya (21) was threatening to throw acid on Vijaya Gopal Suvarna, president of Kandavara Gram Panchayat, if she failed to give him Rs. 2 lakh. He had been threatening her for the last few days. Ms. Suvarna filed a complaint on Thursday.
Bajpe police laid a trap and asked Ms. Suvarna to call Subramanya to her office.
The police caught Subramanya soon after he arrived at Ms. Suvarna’s office. Mr. Kumar said Subramanya had been accused under section 384 (extortion) and 507 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and had been remanded to judicial custody.
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- Nirupama Kalita
- Parvati and Gayatri
- 45 yr old woman
- Champa Devi and daughter Madhri
- Two year old boy dies
- Shri Krishna
- Jaya (Name Changed)
- Saloni Wadhwani
The attack comes four months, after the Supreme Court directed states and union territories to frame rules to regulate sale of acids and other corrosive substances within three months and make acid attack a non-bailable offence.
Saloni Wadhwani, 25, sustained 20% burns on the right hand and back, and is presently admitted in the Burn Unit of MY Hospital. She alleged that 40-year-old Kamal, the son of her landlady Vindur, threw acid on her at around 9 am, as she was refusing to oblige him sexually.