Thanks to everyone who supported my petition. On 16th July 2013, the Government announced that it wants to regulate and control the sale of acid in India.
In just 7 days, I mobilised over 27,000 people through my Change.org petition urging Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde to curb the sale of acid in India. This public support along my case in the Supreme Court put pressure on the Government to act.
Accompanied with two other acid attack survivors, I delivered my petition to the Home Minister on 15th July. A day later the Government announced that they would regulate the sale of acid in the open market.
If the proposed guidelines are implemented, shopkeepers will need a valid license to sell acid, and the buyer should produce a valid identity card and address proof. I am sure this will reduce the availability of acid to those who will use it for attacking women.
This is a great victory. But there are hundreds of people who seek justice for various issues in India. I will continue my fight to stop acid attacks on women.
Two men threw acid on me when I was 15 years old, this happened because I refused to marry one of them.
It has been eight years since this incident and nothing has changed. In the last three months alone more than 60 acid attack cases on women in India were reported.
After this brutal incident, I decided to fight against the use of acid as a weapon against women. I filed a case with the Supreme Court of India to seek justice and control the sale of acid in India.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court gave the Government of India a final deadline of 7 days to frame a policy to curb the sale of acid in order to prevent acid attack cases.
If the Home Minister acts on this immediately, a lot of acid attacks can be prevented In India. Thats why I started this petition telling the Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde to immediately take measures to regulate sale of acid in retail.
With each passing day, in absence of any regulation on acid sale, innocent women are paying a heavy price.
We need to build enormous pressure on our Home Minister Shinde and let him know that the whole country is watching his actions. We have less than a week to do this!
Join me in telling Home Minister Shinde to immediately regulate and control the sale of acid. Sign my petition and forward it to your friends and family to save the lives of many more women in India.
Thanks in advance for taking action,