INHUMAN attitude of department towards acid attack survivors of Sheroes Hangout Lko
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Uttar Pradesh is one of the major states where the highest number of cases of acid attack on women and young girls are reported annually by the National Crime Record Bureau. After the amendments in the laws have been made by the Supreme Court of India in 2013 against the crime and the sale of acid, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has taken many initiatives to protect and benefit acid attack survivor women of U.P. Despite of all those initiatives it is unfortunate that such women are still facing hassles in their recovery from the trauma.
Last year the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), Govt. of U.P. has launched an exemplary project unlike any other state in India, the Sheroes’ Hangout café for acid attack survivors in the state capital Lucknow, in partnership with Chhanv Foundation, an organization working closely on cases of acid violence in India. Statewide this is the only project initiated by the WCD Ministry to provide occupational opportunities to women who find difficulties in pursuing their career or profession due to the stigma surrounding women with scarred faces. More than 50 acid attack survivors have been benefitted in the project so far and there are still around 15 acid attack survivors who are waiting to find a job at the café.
It is overwhelming that café has not received its designated grant since last 10 months. The employed women and girls at the café remain unpaid, dues of the suppliers and vendors have not been cleared and the project is going through financial challenges to continue its operation to benefit the survivors and provide best services to the visitors at the café. In these situations, many survivors and team members of Chhanv have also resigned from their employment after waiting for several months to find any relief.
The other key issues concerning acid attacks in the state are related to delay in payment of compensation, non-availability of transport to hospitals in other states, mandatory legal counseling, etc.
The WCD ministry entitles acid attack survivors of minimum five lakh rupees of compensation relief but many remained unpaid for months after the attack. Due to lack of adequate eye surgeries in U.P., the survivors have to reach an eye hospital in Chennai. It is difficult for them to afford for their travel and stay in Chennai during months of ongoing medical treatment. Delay in eye treatment may result in permanent blindness.
The ministry shall also mandate legal counseling to the victims of acid attacks for them to find justice in the court of law. Despite all policy making and law enforcement, acid is still apparently available and sold in open market.
We need your collective voice against the inhuman attitude of the concerning department and help Sheroes makes an impact.
Earlier this month, we have received the immense support of the public to make it possible for many girls of U.P. and other states to receive adequate medical care.
The ministry has taking appreciable measures to help acid attack survivors as compared to other states for that matter. Delay in the response of the related departments is causing challenges for the survivors. We do not have any doubts however in the response of the top leadership of the state. The Honorable Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself visited the hospital twice to meet the recent victim of acid attack, and also ensured her immediate relief fund for her loss.
We are expecting a proactive and prompt response from the respective department. The ministry has launched Sheroes Hangout with high hopes and shall deliver the sanctioned grant to the project as soon as possible to save the brave girls from all the challenges they are facing.
Please sign this petition to bring the prompt response of the Ministry of Women and Child Development of Uttar Pradesh towards the acid attack survivors at Sheroes Hangout project of Uttar Pradesh.
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