regulate the sale of concentrated acid in shops

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Acid attack is not something unheard of in India. Thousands of people have either lost their lives or are living a very pitiful life. India has the highest number of acid attacks in the world.

The victims are usually women between the ages of 14 and 35 years, and the attack often occurs as revenge for rejecting a marriage proposal or sexual advances, showing the peculiar mind set of male entitlement and power, and no right for a woman to refuse. There are many cases where women have had acid thrown at them for not bringing enough dowry, for bearing a female child and for not cooking a good enough meal.

In a recent incident - Gulista, A 21 year woman, had become partially blind, dies three weeks after acid attack by a youth whom she refused to marry. The culprit allegedly threw a litre of Acid in her face while she was sleeping at her home in Ghaziabad.

It's time we ask our government to pass a bill  with guidelines that regulates the sale of concentrated acid in shops, mandates the maintenance of a register recording details of purchasers, and prohibits the sale of acid to minors.

I hope this small initiative will stop such incidents in future and many innocents wouldn't have to undergo such horrible experience.

 Thanks

Neeraj Lohumi



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