STOP ACID ATTACKS
STOP ACID ATTACKS
They got attacked with acid when they were so young. By people who tried to disfigure them, to destroy their identity, who thought that they could do anything to women and that they could lead them to darkness and silence.
Today, here they are. They started campaigning in Delhi in 2013 to help and rehabilitate acid attacks survivors. The campaign is called “STOP ACID ATTACKS”. Their action spread out all over India. They go to meet survivors in their families and help them come out, intervene when the police do not take up a complaint and follow up on the medical treatment and the ensuing legal procedure. They also report the news cases to the authorities and the medias. The girls don’t want to hide. They design clothes, they opened a café-restaurant in Agra, they do painting, they want to smile, they have different life projects. They also interact with other minorities as rape victims, LGBT communities, old people abandoned by their families, sharing their strength and experience. They refuse to be called “victims” but prefer the term “fighters”.
Photo shows: Ritu is 20 years old. She was born in Rohtak, Haryana. “On May 26, 2012, the face I was born with had become history. It was the consequence of a property dispute. There were some property matters between my father and his sister. My aunt couldn’t have revenge on my father, so she decided to have a revenge on me. She asked guys to attack me. Like every day, I was going to the volley-ball court to practice. Around 4:30pm, two young men approached me on a motorbike. Before I could take evasive action, the pillion rider had splashed acid over me. Shopkeepers crowded around as I lay there, squirming in pain. But nobody stepped forth to help. Fortunately, my elder brother was passing by. He spotted me and rushed me to the hospital. Three of the accused were booked under attempt to murder and five others under criminal conspiracy. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rece