Acid attacks are now going beyond attacking women for romantic reasons, and are spilling over to use acid to inflict harm to settle scores, CNN-IBN’s ‘Indian of the Year’ award winner for 2013 has said.
This year the award has gone to the Stop Acid Attacks (SAA) campaign for yeoman service in working as a bridge between survivors of acid attacks and society.
“Increasingly, acid is being used to settle personal scores or something as trivial as a fight between youth. Acid attacks can no longer be said to be gender specific,” said Alok Dixit, a leading SAA campaigner.
The award in the politics category went to Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Admi Party (AAP) staged a stunning political debut in the Delhi assembly polls this month.
The award in the sports category went to badminton player PV Sindhu who became the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal in the singles at the World Badminton Championship held in August.
The CNN-IBN award for this year’s entertainer went to popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, while actor Deepika Padukone won a special achievement award.
In the business category, Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, won the award for his key role in expanding his company’s reach across the country and for discovering new profitable ventures.