Condemning the recent acid attack in Ludhiana and demanding a blanket ban on the open sale of acid in the state, women workers of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) staged a demonstration outside the office of the police commissioner.
Joined by women from various colleges and schools of the state, NGOs and social organisations, protestors gave a memorandum to the commissioner police, Ludhiana.
The demonstration, carried under the leadership of PPCC spokesperson Nimisha Mehta and Congress Ludhiana district Mahila Congress wing president Leena Taparia, highlighted the plight of the acid victims and the struggle they have to undergo following the attack.
"The government should out a ban on the open sale of acid in the state. Even a single drop of acid being sold should be made accountable and the shopkeeper should have the complete record of the buyer. There should be a valid reason for procuring the acid by the person. In case the seller fails to maintain such a record then he too should be booked under Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code,” said Mehta.
Addressing gathering she said acid attack victims suffers throughout the life. "The physical injuries might heal with time but a victim loses so much. To get the treatment for the burns sustained in the acid attack, the girl has to spend a huge financial amount, something which is not even possible in case the girl belongs to a poor family. She has to face social stigma besides her morale and confidence being badly shattered," Mehta added.
The Congress leader alleged that often such of cases take years before the justice is finally delivered to the victim. To ensure a speedy trial and timely justice to the victim, the acid attack cases should be taken up in the fast track courts.
"The government should also ensure that the culprit does not walk away with few years of punishment alone. His entire property should be attached and also the culprit should be made to pay for the victim's treatment and the maintenance," he demanded.
Condemning the failure of Harsimrat Kaur Badal in either contacting the Ludhiana acid attack victim or standing up for her, Nimisha Mehta said that it has proved once again that Harsimrat Kaur Badal and her initiative 'Nanhi Chaan' is nothing more than a sham. She said "She is just good at giving lengthy lectures. When it comes to actual ground work Harsimrat is often found missing for the reasons best known to her.