Acid Attack : Even a disfigured face could not hold them back

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Is it acceptable that a rejection, affront or ignorance of somebody can drive a person to take revenge that elongate to the way of crime? An example of such is an acid attack, an assault where acids are increasingly being used as a deadly weapon against women.

This not only damages the victim’s body but also shatters their life, leaving them to face the challenges for their survival. Depression, social isolation, fear, pain, suicidal thoughts are some appalling aftermath of what a victim deals with.

When the real battle should be for justice to a victim, victim throes for parity in the society and thus, fighting another battle for their social recognition.

Why a victim would live a solitary life? The locale has to behave in a more sensible and mature way. There is no space for the commiseration over their loss rather they should be cheered up again for fighting back.

National Crime Records Bureau ’s annual crime report, 2016, recorded 283 incidents and 307 survivors and casualties under Section 326 A and Section 326 B of IPC across the country. Section 326 A in the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for acid throwing. The minimum punishment is 10 years’ imprisonment. It can extend up to life imprisonment with fine. Section 326 B lays down the punishment for attempted acid throwing. The minimum punishment is 5-year imprisonment. It can extend up to 7-year imprisonment with fine. A separate law to punish offenders in such cases was passed along with amendment of the law on sexual offenses.

Recently, a poster of #chhapaak, an upcoming biographical film starring Deepika Padukone as a lead, has been launched which is based on a life of acid attack survivor, a stouthearted Laxmi Aggarwal. She is known for advocating against acid attacks by curbing acid sales. She is a founder of #StopSaleAcid, a campaign against acid violence and sale of acid. Her demand for justice and rehabilitation for the victims made her a voice of the acid attack survivors across the world.

This is really important to deduce that any attack may disfigure the victim’s physique but may not necessarily vitiate their dreams.

NOW, our dauntless beauties, our acid attack survivors are not completely left out dishonored or socially isolated. Many non-governmental organizations have been formed to provide support to the acid attack survivors and help them to recreate their identity and acceptance in society. They are now fighting back to reshape their life from umbra to their own sunshine.

Our vision, our support for the victims not with the feeling of sympathy or warm-heartedness but with regard to what they actually are, can do magic in their life. Let’s not allow this senseless crime to distort someone’s life, it has no place in this world.

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