Laxmi, a "Stop Acid Attacks" campaigner from India is one of the ten "extraordinary women from 10 countries with the 2014 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award" in Washington on Tuesday.
Just over six months after the Supreme Court directed state governments to put in place stringent measures to curb acid attacks, one such assault has claimed its first victim in Bihar.
The incident, the fifth such recorded event in Bihar in the past 14 months, came just over six months after the Supreme Court directed state governments to put in place stringent measures to curb such attacks.
The 16-year-old girl, who is a class 11 student, originally hails from Bihar and has been staying with her maternal grandparents for the past several months. She was admitted to hospital with 35% burns on face and legs.
Acid attacks are a rampant gender crime in India. While the case of Laxmi, who is making a new beginning with Alok, is an occasion to cheer, the truth remains that most victims continue to live in pain and neglect.
Alok, a Kanpur resident who runs an award-winning campaign for acid attack victims, has set an example by deciding to enter into a live-in relationship with one of his fellow campaigners, Laxmi.
Rohtak's Ritu Saini once wanted to be an ace volleyball player. Today, she spends her time doing household chores, after her aunt chose to settle a property score by burning her face. The 18-yr old talks to Sat Singh
about her ongoing struggle. Laws against acid attacks
Preeti Rathi got an appointment letter from the ministry of defence on March 28. A month-and-a-half later, on June 1, she was dead. The family's hope for a better life was left corroded by a fatal acid attack on their daughter. Her mother talks to KumKum Dasgupta.
A woman suffered serious injuries in an acid attack early on Friday morning in Ghaziabad. The incident happened in Vijay Nagar area after a man threw acid on her face.
18-year-old Sabina Khatun was pinned down by her boyfriend’s family while he just stood by and watched. Today, she seldom moves out of her home and lives in constant fear of another attack on her or her sisters. She talks to Orin Basu
about her ordeal. Laws against acid attacks
A 28-year-old man accused of throwing acid on a married woman allegedly committed suicide in lock-up on Saturday, just hours after surrendering to the police. Peeyush Khandelwal reports.
The autopsy report of an acid-attack accused, who allegedly committed suicide inside the prison here within hours of his arrest, confirmed that he died of asphyxia due to hanging.
Women and child development minister Krishna Tirath today said her ministry is in favour of providing free surgery and treatment to acid attack victims even in private hospitals.
Fighting spirit: Chanchal Kumari, 19, dreamt big. She wanted to become a computer engineer. With 90% burns, she is now fighting a lonely but gutsy. battle. She talks to Rai Atul Krishna about her ordeal.