V stands for Victim
Story of Laxmi from India
Laxmi became a victim of acid attack in 2005 when she was just 15 , the reason was that she had rejected a 30 year old man’s love proposal. The incident occured when she was busy shopping in the market . she was rescued by a taxi driver who took him to the hospital. Laxmi underwent 9 major surgeries . Her will power helped and she survived . No doubt the scars would last with her for lifetime but she is making her scars motivate other acid attack victims . She has taken the challenge to fight . She collected 27000 signatures and filed in the supreme court to curb acid sales in the market . Laxmi now also runs an NGO which is dedicated for the acid attack victims. Laxmi also received International Women of Courage award in 2014 by Michelle Obama . In 2014 she fell in love with Alok Dixit whom she met while working for a campaign . Alok was impresssed with Laxmi’s spirit and the duo decided to be together . Now the couple have a beautiful daughter also ‘Pihu’ .
Story of Monica Singh from India
Monica Singh is another victim of acid attack , the reason was the same because she , when was 19 , had rejected a boy’s proposal. If that boy couldn’t have her so he wanted nobody else also to have her. So he planned to ruin her face as a revenge . She was sitting in a car when the boy came and asked her to put down down the window glass. As soon as she did , a bucket full of acid was thrown on her . The acid had the power to melt even a part of the car door , she got outside screaming for help . The time period of life when the girl had big dreams of becoming a fashion designer was spent in surgeries in the hospital . “All the time lying in a cage used to feel like already in a coffin” , she said .
” I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t eat , I couldn’t sleep ” Monica was in trauma , her parents too
With the support of her family , she finally gathered courage to live her dreams and not just keep screaming looking at her burnt face . She underwent total of 46 surgeries in 10 years to be reborn again . She finally went to NY for her fashion designing course .
Acid Attack Survivors join together
If you start researching you get to know so many horrific stories of acid attacks in different countries. But the life has to move on . They have to live inspite of the social stigmas . In the city of Agra , India , few acid attack strong survivors thought why not to live with a smile and they joined hands together to run a cafe SHEROES , through which they are also sharing their stories with the world. Coming from different regions , their common religion of acid attack is keeping them together . They are struggling but smiling , and spreading smiles . You can go here to visit their site where all are motivating each other inspite of inside burning . For more stories go here.
We need to learn from these women who are a live example of strength, courage , beauty and smile . They are an inspiration to many .
Why Acid Attacks ?
Acid attack burns your body and soul . The attack eats many layers of the skin , leaving one unrecognisable or even blind . The acid burns one’s emotional balance too, with the depressing thoughts of nonacceptance in the society or even in own’s eyes . The confidence is shattered and dreams may die unfulfilled . No one else can understand the victim’s struggles . The question is that why do people do such barbaric crime ? Why acid attacks are mostly on women , by men ? Men want to prove their patriarchal madness ? In most of the acid attacks, the men want to own the women and if they are rejected , they do such violence . This mentality needs to be changed for which certain strong actions from the Governments also should be there .
The men hindering a woman’s existence need to be tied with ropes and then questioned : Who gives you the authority for the crimes like rape or domestic violence or acid attack ? Have you ever felt the intensity of pain similar to Nirbhaya when an iron rod was spiked inside her ? Have you ever felt the intensity of trauma similar to Asifa when you shattered her innocence ? Can you ever feel how living permanently with burning scars mean ? What do you want to prove by such wild and brutal crimes ?
Another attack on a woman’s #Astitva goes just talked away .