The state must fund acid attack victims' medical costs, give them jobs.
  • Petitioning Union Home Minister

This petition will be delivered to:

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde
Union Home Minister

The state must fund acid attack victims' medical costs, give them jobs.

    1. Petition by

      Hindustan Times

It was February 2006 when a stalker threw acid on Delhi resident Reenu Sharma's face, blinding and disfiguring her for life. Seven years later, she says she continues to "burn in hell". And she is not just talking about physical and psychological trauma. With no compensation forthcoming from the government, her father had to spend his savings on her facial reconstruction surgery; her sister had to forsake her studies so that she could take care of Reenu.

Horrific as her story is, it is not the only one. According to the UK-based charity Acid Survivors Trust International, 1,500 acid attacks are reported worldwide every year. New Delhi-based group 'Stop Acid Attacks' says around three cases are reported across India every week.

Acid causes severe physical, psychological and social scarring, and victims are often left with no legal recourse and limited access to medical or psychological assistance.

The government has offered to regulate the sale of acid but only after it was shaken out of its bureaucratic apathy by the Supreme Court. It is only one small step forward. The victims - mostly from poor families - cannot afford multiple surgeries. Few are willing to give them jobs.

They deserve to live with dignity.

Sign this petition to urge the government to step in to rehabilitate acid attack survivors with free medical treatment and jobs. The Government needs to do more. You and I need to do more.

To:
Union Home Minister, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde
The state must fund medical costs and provide government jobs to acid attack victims.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Smita Singh AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 6 days ago

      Why is it important to me? It is important to all of us if we consider ourselves humans. It is important for humanity. No country in this world can progress without the well being of its citizens. This problem is not just limited to women of a particular caste, religion or socio-economic status. It can happen to anyone. It can happen to you and it can happen to me and it can happen to family members of our politicians. So we need to wake up and stop pretending its someone else's problem. Incredible India is only incredible in its tourism posters if each one of us does not take the responsibility of changing our mindset and changing our policies.

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      • about 1 month ago

      I have been a victim of violence and therefore care about women who have been less fortunate than me in surviving violence in any form.I would like to help in whichever way I can.

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      • about 1 month ago

      Because It's a high time this heinous crime stops.I want to live in a country of humans with humanity and not monsters.I want to be able to say no to a guy's unwanted display of want towards me without having to ponder upon the consequences.I want a better and a safer India for women out there.

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    • Sumit Kumar DELHI, INDIA
      • about 1 month ago

      This just is for humanity

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      • 3 months ago

      coz i respect women..n d victims in acid attack hav the same and equal rights to live a happy life like others..i don't want to see any more cases .....

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