An acid attack victim, Anju (27), a resident of local Patel Nagar, has welcomed the recent order of the apex court directing all states to frame rules to provide relief to the acid attack victims and restrict the sale of acid through strict rules.
She, however, stated that the compensation of Rs 3 lakh would be inadequate for the treatment. She has demanded free treatment of the acid attack victims because it requires multiple operations and costly medicines and injections.
While talking to mediapersons, she said, "Those guilty of such attacks should be put behind bars for life because the victim suffers social stigma and tragedy for entire life and is thrown out of the mainstream of society. My husband, who threw acid on me that burnt my skin, is in jail for three years. My parents are now under heavy debt for my treatment. Yograj Sharma, a social activist, collected money from people for my treatment."
Plastic and burns surgeon Dr Sunil Soni said, "So far, Anju has undergone about 10 minor and major operations and the treatment is continuing. The acid injuries pose a big challenge to us to restore the grace to the victim. Poor patients cannot afford huge expenditure between `10-15 lakh. For such cases, the government should come forward to extend help and support the treatment."
Kuldip Singh, a lawyer, says, "Law for such attackers should be strictest for future deterrence, may be even capital punishment."
Bandna Pandey, professor of public relations studies in Guru Jambeshwar University, said, "Women empowerment and severe punishment for this brutal crime is the only solution to this problem." A woman activist, Shakuntla Jakhar, who is president, Mahila Janwadi Samiti, Haryana, says, "The acid attack victims should be given free treatment by the government. Financial help or employment should be given for their subsistence."