acid attack

3 petitions

Started 1 year ago

Petition to Zee News, Sudhir Chaudhary

.@sudhirchaudhary @ZeeNews : Apologise for blurring acid attack survivor, Reena's face

Zee news thinks acid attack survivors are too graphic to show on TV. That their faces are so disfigured and gruesome that they should be blurred and hidden from the public. I work with acid attack survivors and I strongly condemn that mentality! Reena, a brave acid attack survivor appeared on Zee News to give an interview. She spoke of her hopes and her fears. She spoke about how society treats her with an element of disgust and how she is often taunted for her looks and told not to appear in public. She spoke of her fight to get acceptance, to not feel ashamed of her face, to not feel the need to hide. Instead of giving Reena the acceptance she’s fighting for, Zee news decided not to show her face. This goes against everything Reena and many others like her are trying to stand for. Sign my petition and ask Zee news to apologize, take down the video with the blurred face and upload it again with Reena’s face clearly shown as she tells her incredible story. I work with acid attack survivors, and I helped organize that interview. I was shocked and embarrassed that Reena’s face had been blurred. When Reena asked me whether the interview had aired, I lied to save her feelings. I took the easy way out and this is my attempt at making that lie better. Sign my petition and show Zee News and Reena that the public doesn’t judge faces or care about looks. That we condemn stigmas and will fight to remove them. Reena was attacked with acid by a person who hated her. He threw acid on her with the aim to make her unacceptable in society. He thought that if he left her scarred - no one would want to look at her or be around her. Today, Zee News has shown that they share the same mentality as the attacker. Sign my petition and show Reena that she doesn’t have to cover her face, that one channel’s perception on her appearance is not the right one. My aim is to spread awareness for acid attack survivors. Acid attacks are a serious issue that do not deserve to be sensationalized. When organizing media coverage we clearly state that the piece must focus on survivors and survivors alone, however Zee News misguided us by promising to do so but ended up creating a sensationalized piece of news which went against the very principle of what we do. Please join in on my fight on behalf of Reena and ask Zee News to retract their unethical practices in news reporting. The public is guided by our media, and it is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Have a look at the video here-    

Ria Sharma
4,257 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Sushil Kumar Shinde

Stop selling acid #stopacidattacks

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, Laxmi

Laxmi .
29,554 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Mr. Arvind Pandey, Mr. Nitish Kumar, Mr. N Shravan Kumar, Dr. N. Shravan Kumar

DM, Patna: Ensure justice for Chanchal Paswan #chanchalacidattack

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.

Shailesh Paswan
71,135 supporters