Thursday, 29 January 2015

At the beginning of the year, Aarti Thakur (23) faced an acid attack at Goregaon station, that too in the peak evening hours. The 23-year-old girl had just begun her career in marketing and her family had pinned its hopes on her to kiss their financial woes goodbye.
Their dreams were dashed that evening, two months after she joined a renowned IT company in Goregaon. Following the attack, she never heard from her employers ever again. But, what Aarti regrets most is how all her colleagues, who over a period of two months had become good friends, wiped her out of their lives. "Till date, not a single colleague or friend has called to enquire or help. This attack was also an eye-opener in many ways," she said.
The attack brought about a sea-change in the once confident and outgoing girl. She has now confined herself to their one-room flat in Nalasopara and steps out only for hospital visits or unless absolutely necessary. And every time she covers herself from head to toe. "Partly, it is the fear of being attacked again, and part of it is about the way I look now," she said. The gruesome attack left her with serious burns and scars on eyebrows, face, neck and forearms. The attack also mentally scarred her 21-year-old sister, who always steps out wearing a burqa now. She is pursuing a beautician's course and dropped out of her college for want of funds.
Aarti's family, which comprises her mother, a single parent, and her sister, are practically leading a hand-to-mouth existence. The only earning member of her family, Aarti made about Rs 14,500 a month before the attack. Now, the family has no source of income. Their home rent of Rs 3,000 is pending for the last six months. She said the IT firm she worked for also owes her 21 days' salary that they have refused to pay her. "But, we do not have the time and resources to fight for all that now," she said.
Now, a typical day in the household starts with Aarti's mother Seema making a list of trusts and organizations she has to visit. She aims at collecting Rs 2 lakh for at least three more surgeries that Aarti has to undergo. Aarti said she wants to get back to her normal self and ensure her attackers suffer as much as she is suffering now. The trial in the case is yet to begin and all the accused are out on bail.


4 comments:

  1. Can some one help get in touch with the victim?

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  2. Can some one help get in touch with the victim?

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  3. Deana Raymond;

    I was never welcomed in my Husband’s Family, I was hated by all his siblings especially his Mom, she never want seeing me around her or attending the same occasion. My Husband changed and drove me out of the house just few weeks after he visited his Mom, His mother brainwashed him and took him to evil gathering where there deceived him to join them and abandon me because my spirit will never welcome their union and I might cause heavy harm to their gathering. He accepted their request because of his mother’s influence and decided to send me away, froze my account and restricted me from seeing our kids. I took this case to so many spiritual leaders but none can bring the solutions I needed. I went online after 4 wasted months to seek for any help. I was lucky to find testimonies and recommendations about Dr. Wakina and others, but I chose Dr. Wakina because the testimonies said about him looks legit and are related to my case.

    Story short; Doctor casted the peaceful love spell on me, my husband and his family to reunite us within 7days. He said that the spell will serve as a protection to us and we will live as a happy family for the first time. Well; I was afraid because I don’t know what will be the outcome but I kept my hope and faith strong and also prayed hard for this. His spell finally worked at the date he prophesied. My husband and his family including his Mom located me, kneeling and confessing for the evil done to us and the family even when we missed our baby. I cried and accepted their apology; I knew that there didn’t do it on purpose. We are all happy as a family today and we all called and thank Dr. Wakina for the total freedom he gave to us. I regretted why I wasted time contacting local spiritual doctors when my Husband left. Thank you Dr. Wakina for making me to testify like others and I will keep spreading this great news for ages. Here is Dr. Wakina’s Email: dr.wakinalovetemple@gmail.com

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  4. Aarti your story has touched my heart and my deepest sympathies go out to you and to your mum and sister. No girl should have to go through with this. If you would like to talk please contact me on heenaparmar123@hotmail.com I will be happy to speak to you and possibly help you in some way.

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