• Petitioned Mr. Arvind Pandey

This petition was delivered to:

DIG, Weaker Sections
Mr. Arvind Pandey
Chief Minister, Bihar
Mr. Nitish Kumar
District Magistrate, Patna
Mr. N Shravan Kumar
District Magistrate
Dr. N. Shravan Kumar

DM, Patna: Ensure justice for Chanchal Paswan #chanchalacidattack

    1. Shailesh Paswan
    2. Petition by

      Shailesh Paswan

      Patna, India

November 2013


We got immense courage after more than 71,089 from across India supported my petition. Here’s what we have achieved through this campaign: The attackers have been denied bail till now. The police also filed the pending charge-sheet in the name of these attackers. We pressurized the local hospital (PMCH) to give regular medicines for my daughter's treatment. Our demand for better treatment was answered after Safdarjung Hospital started treating Chanchal for her burns, we have had 3 successful surgeries. The case is being tried in fast track court after we delivered the petition to the District Magistrate, Patna. There was immense media pressure in patna and in many National media outlets. We have filed a PIL in the Supreme Court for Chanchal's rehabilitation with the support of Ms. Varsha JaWalgekar from ‘Parivartan Vikas Kendra’, who has been supporting us ever since the brutal attack. The video she released through Video Volunteers helped us share our story and also helped other acid attack survivors in sharing their stories. Another organisation, Video Volunteers raised funds to help our family. The continued pressure on the authorities helped us get rid of all the constant threats that we received, helped me feel secure. This year the Government took a massive step in regulating the sale of open acid in India! Our fight to get rehabilitation continues and I look forward to your support. Thank you for your support, this wouldn't have been possible without you, this immense support gave me strength to start working again and support my family.

Four men threw acid on Chanchal Paswan, 19 and her sister,15 while they were asleep, on 21/10/2012. This happened because Chanchal boldly opposed continuous sexual harassment by these men. In the video, Chanchal and her family are seen talking about the incident and they want this appeal to go public.

Anil, Ghanshyam, Baadal and Raj had been harassing Chanchal and her family for a long time. They would follow her on the streets, in the autorickshaw and would pass vulgar comments and harass her, sometimes even sexually. When she refused to give in to their demands, they brutally threw acid on her.

The four perpetrators have been arrested by the police. Chanchal is 19 years old and an earning member of the family, the paswan family still waits on her speedy trial. They are also spending money on Chanchal's medicines, instead of the state and both the sisters have got less compensation than they deserve- because the police hasn't taken her officialnstatement under section 164, yet.

Parivartan Kendra, a Patna based women's rights group first heard about the case and has been helping the Paswan Family with advocacy, medical aid and pressurising local authorities.

For the last four months the Paswan family has been waiting for justice, going from one court to another, Chanchal needs your support in getting speedy justice and compensation. Specially after the Justice Verma Committee report and last years Delhi gang rape case, the Chief Justice of India has asked for stricter laws against women attrocities.

Join me and tell District Magistrate, Patna Mr.N Shravan Kumar to take all possible measures to ensure speedy justice for Chanchal and her sister:

1) Ensure that Chanchal and her sister get complete and proper compensation, with employment and education support and legal expenses, from the state.  

2) Ensure that Chanchal and her sister get speedy justice and her case is dealt by a fast track court immediately.

3) Ensure that her statement is recorded under Section 164, which gives a complete and detailed account of the case.

4) All medical expenses, medicines, surgeries should be compensated by the state.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. “My Dreams Broke After Acid Was Poured On My Face”: Chanchal’s Open Letter

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Ji,

      I am a 19 year old girl from Patna. My dream was to become a computer engineer and make my family proud. Last year, my dreams were shattered after I had acid poured on my face.

      Anil, Ghanshyam, Baadal and Raja used to harass me in my village Chithnava, Thana Maner, (District Patna). They would stalk me, pull my dupatta, pass vulgar comments and make obscene gestures at me. They even threatened me. I was bold and did not pay attention to their threats.

      On 21st October 2012, while I was sleeping on the terrace with my younger sister, the four men pinned me down and poured acid on me. Even my sister was hurt in the attack. http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/06/my-dreams-broke-after-acid-was-poured-on-my-face-chanchals-open-letter-to-nitish-ji/

    3. Towards Justice: Chanchal Delivers Petition with District Magistrate, Patna

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      More than 63000 signatures delivered to the District magistrate of Patna. On receiving the petition, the DM, Mr. Shravan Kumar promised that he will write to the District Judge and the Public Prosecutor and will ensure speedy trial of the case. He said that Chanchal's statement will be recorded under section 164 by the Police.

      He added, "I'll tell the Senior Superintendent of Police to constitute the medical board for an age test of the accused who is shown as a minor. I will also talk to my senior and find out the provisions for rehabilitation." Mr. Shravan Kumar also promised free legal aid to Chanchal's family. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lDPBWowcAU

    4. Reached 30,000 signatures
    5. Chanchal's statement at press conference in Patna on 6th March 2013

      Shailesh Paswan
      Petition Organizer

      My daughter addressed the press on 6th March and this is what she had to tell the world http://youtu.be/eZBh3jmiPwo

      Now, with the support of more than 45000 people who have signed this petition, she is feeling even more determined to win this fight!

      Chanchal's Statement at Press Conference, Patna, Bihar

      On the 6th of March, Chanchal and her family addressed a press conference in Patna, Bihar. The press conference, organized by VideoVolunteers, Parivarthan Jan Andolan and Change.org, was attended by over 40 journalists from print and electronic media. Here is what Chanchal had to say.

    6. Times Of India: Left in lurch, acid attack victim seeks justice

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      PATNA: She is just like any other small town girl who dreamt of becoming a computer engineer and making it big in life. But her dreams were shattered when four miscreants threw acid on her on October 21, 2012, night when she was asleep at her home. Reason: she had protested sexual harassment and inappropriate advances made by them. Read more here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Left-in-the-lurch-victims-of-acid-attack-seek-justice/articleshow/18842559.cms

    7. Reached 25,000 signatures



    Mar 08, 2013

    Please please watch the video and sign the petition. It is the very least we can do to support this brave girl,... http://t.co/mYHzwrWFmq

    milind soman

    Reasons for signing

      • 11 months ago

      Change India

      • 11 months ago

      Ensure justice

    • venkataramana ch HYDERABAD, INDIA
      • 12 months ago


    • Vikas Saxena BANGALORE, INDIA
      • 12 months ago

      getting justice for oneself and for a fellow being is my karma my dharma my birthright my duty !

      • 12 months ago

      speedy justice


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