A young woman managed to escape an acid attack by a 50-year-old man who was pressurising her for marriage, police said in Lucknow on Wednesday.
After living in a state of blindness for seven years, acid attack victim Reenu Sharma, 27, has begun her journey to get back her vision.
The woman, 22, however, was lucky and suffered minor burns only on her legs. She is currently undergoing treatment at a government hospital. Police said the woman was traumatised at the incident.
The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the growing number of acid attacks in the country, and asked the central and state governments for an explanation over the slow pace of rehabilitation of victims of such violence.
Barsa Swony Choudhury, an alleged dowry torture victim and daughter-in-law of a former minister, was reportedly threatened in a letter with acid attack if she tried to enter politics.
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.
Persistent molestation, ridicule and threat to my life did nothing to melt my steely resolve. Then, on February 15, 2006, I was made to pay for my courage when my stalker — a tenant at our Mansarovar Park home in east Delhi — threw acid on my face. Sumit Saxena reports.