It is surprising that India lags behind Pakistan and Bangladesh in terms of rules and regulations pertaining to acid attacks. The number of instances of acid attacks is rising continuously. In India, most of the attacks are targeted on the females on grounds of ego clashes with a man or rejection of a love proposal or sexual rejections. One will be surprised that in India, property and land disputes also become a cause of acid attacks on a person. I wonder what an ego clash it is, that forces a man to depict such an inhumane behavior towards a female? Is rejection of the love proposal more painful as compared to the pain one inflicted on a lady by pouring some acids on her? What if, she is ready to marry the acid attacker and is ready to accept his proposal after the acid attack. Would the attacker accept her with a disfigured face? You loved her, right? This is the harsh reality of the world. It will be wrong on my part if i say, that acid attacks are common only in India. Today, acid attacks is one of the major crime all over the world. Even, the developed nations like United States has reported rising instances of acid attacks.
The acid attack not only disfigures a person’s face or other body parts, but it eats away their soul. The acid attack survivors suffer extensive medical, psychological and social trauma and rejection throughout their lives. Most of the victims in India belong to poor families who do not have sufficient money even for the victim’s treatment. But the truth is, most of the victims are disowned by their parents and are forced to live a secluded life. Around 90% of acid attack victims are women and most of them survive to those attacks.
In the year 2013, the Criminal Amendment Act, recognized acid attack as a crime and prescribed minimum imprisonment of 10 years which may extend to life sentence along with fine. But, legislation is not sufficient to stop such a heinous crime. More and more people have to come forward and fight for the cause. It is not the victims who has to suffer the social stigma, but the perpetrators who move freely in our nation. There has been a strict ban on the counter sale of acids in India as pronounced by the Supreme Court in 2013, but the open sale of acids stills continues even in the capital city, Delhi. The acids are freely available in the market which is regularly used by the people for cleaning their toilets. Thus, the perpetrators have easy availability of the acids. Their are NGO’s working in India to stop acid attacks, but initiatives has to be taken from each and every citizen to stop buying acids and even file a complaint to the concerned authority, if we come across a person selling acids freely. We all have a smart phone? Right? Just click a picture of the seller, so that he doesn’t disappear and file a complaint of the seller and make him popular.