Many Indian women have faced this heinous sin of acid attack but came out of it as a survivor. Laxmi was just 16 years old when a 32-year-old man drenched her face in acid because she didn’t accept his romantic approval, she shouted, she cried but nobody really helped her. She lost her face as her ears and lips got melted and also got 11 surgeries done.
Gita and her two daughters, both were attacked by her husband with whom she stayed just because girls were born in his house. Out of them Gita and her elder daughter, Nitu, did survive but not her younger daughter. She now works with her mother at Sheroes hangout in Agra.
Ritu, another survivor of acid attack in Haryana said that the face she was born with had become a history now, as she suffered because of her own aunt over a property dispute. Whereas Rupa got attacked by her own stepmother while she was asleep. It gets even painful when you get to know that your own family members are doing all this, breaking the spirit of human soul completely as there is nobody left for them to rely on.
The rising cause of this issues is that the Indian men aren’t brought in a way to deal with a word called ‘REJECTION’ or in short ‘NO’. It’s certainly because patriarchy never taught them to accept this normally as it directly questions your manliness or mardangi. Its basic culture impregnated into the psyche of males with thought’s likes “how could she challenge the norms” or “how could she not be submissive.” So, amalgamation of all the disparities of such emotions creates a whole lot of frustration inside the soul of the men as they weren’t really told to deal with them specifically thus giving rise to issues like acid attacks, public abuse, and molestation to show their manliness.
Acid not only melts the psyche of the human mind but physically harm the body very much thus making them bear with the pain of blindness and surgeries. The physical disfigurement of their body also makes the society fear them because of which they have to suffer socially as well. And now it’s high time that government of India should pay proper attention to this issue. As the only things victims need is respect, love and acceptance.
After tolerating so much of such cases now the government has tightened the control on sales of some acids except the cleaning agents. Also ministry of women’s development, Maneka Gandhi, now defines acid attack survivors as physically disabled, under the revised Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. Its implementation means they can gain easy access to employment in the government and education sectors through disability quotas and reserved places.
But do you think justice has been served well to these victim’s just by stating them as disabled, which they actually weren’t but not doing anything substantially harsh towards the people who still walk with their heads high within the masses thus creating no sense of fear amongst the people?