As part of human values celebrations, Amity Institute of Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Management (AICISM) organized an interactive session on 'Acid attacks on women' with Ms Salina Wilson - Human Rights Activist and Researcher.
During the session, Ms. Sapna - an acid attack victim - narrated the heinous incident when she was attacked by her own relative and her ensuing miseries that catapulted her life.
Conducting the session, Ms. Salina shared her views on the burning topic of 'Acid Attack' saying that the heinous crime of acid attack on women has its roots in patriarchal set up of Indian society where women are not expected to exercise sexual autonomy; where men expect women to be meek and docile, not challenging the authority of men, as a result of which a man reacts with violence whenever he hears 'No' from a woman in cases such as refusal of marriage, denial of sexual approaches by men and other related instances. Woman, she remarked, whenever tries to exercise her rights there is a backlash from society.
Sharing her views further, Ms. Salina said that in most of the cases of Acid attack, the target is a woman's face since it is part of her identity and the culprit tries to damage the identity of the victim by flinging Acid on her face.
As per the law, an acid attack victim is supposed to get free treatment at every hospital but in most of the cases, such victims have to shuttle from one place to another due to inexperienced doctors or ill equipped hospitals. She called upon the State Governments to ensure that hospitals are well equipped to deal with acid attack victims.