Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Thursday, April 10, 20145 comments
At 24, when each one of
us is busy chasing their dreams, Kavita of Lucknow steps out of her
house only on the days she has to appear at the court. Her routine
happiness with both, her professional and personal lives, did not
last long, like it does for any other girl her age.
In her case too, it was
a spurned lover, who turned barbaric and resorted to an acid attack
on June 17 2012, when Kavita was returning from work. Though she had
been earlier threatened by her lover, a married man, she had not
believed he could actually ruin her life, forever. Somebody blocked
Kavita's way as she walked back home on the fateful day and poured a
jar of acid.
The attack left Kavita
with 85% burns on her face, apart from burn injuries on her neck,
shoulder and back. While she had to be confined to a bed, fighting
the unbearable pain caused by chemical burns, what multiplied her
misery was that she hardly got any support from her own family. Even
today, she is shunned in her own house by her step-mother and father,
and only receives some support from her step-brothers.
Moreover, the accused
is still out there, friends with Kavita's alcoholic father; and
continues to threaten her with dire consequences if she continues her
So far, she has
undergone three surgeries, but further treatment was halted due to
her bleak financial situation. Her hearing capability from one year
and the vision in one of her eyes has been hampered in the attack.
Even her face requires a few more corrective surgeries.
Kavita's struggle and
psychological trauma is doubled by the unfriendly atmosphere at home.
She is in need of immediate help, both financially and in terms of
rehabilitation, away from home.
Each passing day may
bring a different ordeal to Kavita, but, she is hopeful.
Hopeful that the
culprit will soon be behind the bars.
Hopeful that may be
someday, her family and the society will accept her. Hopeful that she
will see the world the way she did before the day that scarred her
(The writer is a banker from Kanpur and volunteers with the Stop Acid Attacks campaign)
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.
We work with partners and stakeholders towards elimination of acid and other forms of burn violence and protection of survivors' rights. The process of justice to an acid attack victim remains incomplete until she gets immediate medical, legal and economic help, along with the critical social acceptance. Our vision is to free India from this crime, which reflects the flaws of our patriarchal society and abusive attitudes. We want survivors to have access to fast justice and fight back the irreparable impact of this crime.
Any amount you can donate to us, no matter how small, will be very gratefully received and put to good use helping acid and burns violence survivors. Your help could help pay for dressings and medical supplies for recuperating patients. A small help could help survivors with vital physical rehabilitation after an attack, including physical therapy and nursing.