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The Challengers

While individual cases are not always reported, the following  cases & their struggle  are important milestones in the campaign against violence against women. It is imperative that a strong message be sent out that this horrendous form of violence against women will not be tolerated. The following challengers being themselves survivors of ruthless acid attack have continued to be at the forefront of the campaign for justice for victims of acid attacks. Their never-dying spirit & unending courage will continue to give strength to other survivors in their battle.

Haseena's Story

Ms. Haseena Hussain, Bangalore 1999

Haseena was working as a computer operator. Her boss, Joseph Rodrigues, made advances to her & kept pestering Haseena to work for him. Finally she left his failing company & began to work in another firm. When she refused to return he poured a full jar of sulphuric acid over her on 20th April,1999 which resulted in severe disfigurement of her face & body & complete loss of sight. The severity of acid burn resulted a hole in her head, dissolved her lips, nose, earlobes, welded one side of her neck to her shoulder, her fingers fused together. After the horrendous attack she had undergone 18 surgeries costing 6 lakhs rupees.She is  still blind & has severe disfigurement. She is unable to get employment & her surgeries has been indefinitely postposted due to financial constraints. The accused was sentenced to a mere 5 years and 3 months in jail with a fine of 3 lakh rupees.

Acknowledgement: HRLN.org

Dipabali's story

Dipabali Rajak, Malda , 2014

Dipabali ‘s world turned upside down on the 20th of February, 2014 when she got acid attacked by Ujjwal Mandal  as she refused to his proposal .The perpetrator allegedly often teased the victim on her way, and so the victim’s father warned him for his behavior.  The victim’s father also had a talk with the perpetrator’s father . Being infuriated , the perpetrator entered the victim’s house with a revolver her during the absence of her  brother and father  . He then took out acid and forced it down her throat . Her screams brought her mother out and the victim splashed it on her as well. The victim had serious injuries on her face and body. She has undergone her endoscopy and it appears that she has lost her esophagus. She needs proper treatment. 

 

Mazrul's story

Mazrul Islam, Murshidabad, 2013

Mazrul had taken financial loan from the Ganesh Prasad mortgaging a gold necklace. Later when he gathered money and went to Ganesh for the necklace. Though Mazrul was ready to pay back the loan along with the increased , Gensh refused to return back the necklace. A heated argument took place and Ganesh threw acid on Mazrul. A case was registered and the perpetrator got arrested. However they got bail. Mazrul is striving to lead a proper life with his family.

Shabnam's story

Shabnam Sultana, Burdwan , 2014

Shabnam had a bright future ahead as a second year geography student at Burdwan Raj College. The perpetrator who wanted to built a relationship with the victim got refused by her. To take revenge he threw acid on Shabnam at her residence . She was taken to the Burwan District Hospital . She had severe burn injuries on her face , hand and chest. She has reduced vision in the left eye leading to a blurred vision of her future. 

Chandrahass's story

Chandrahass Mishra, Meerut, 2011

Chandrahass Mishra objected to the vulgar comments that the landlord’s son passed for a woman passing by. Mishra asked him to either stop or else move away. The son rudely behaved with Mishra and so he complained to his father. On the fateful day while Mishra closed his iron warehouse and got on his scooter to return back home , he found the perpetrator approaching towards him with a bucket in his hand and poured it on Mishra. He had undergone several surgeries and had severe burns on his head, right ear, cornea, neck, cheek and hand. He holds a Mcom degreeand is in dearth need of Financial help or a job to support his family.

Chandrahass Mishra objected to the vulgar comments that the landlord’s son passed for a woman passing by. Mishra asked him to either stop or else move away. The son rudely behaved with Mishra and so he complained to his father. On the fateful day while Mishra closed his iron warehouse and got on his scooter to return back home , he found the perpetrator approaching towards him with a bucket in his hand and poured it on Mishra. He had undergone several surgeries and had severe burns on his head, right ear, cornea, neck, cheek and hand. He holds a Mcom degreeand is in dearth need of Financial help or a job to support his family.

Rahul's story

Rahul Kumar , Ranchi, 2012

Rahul who was pursuing CA at that time . He came to his house after CA examinations about a week before the incident. On the fateful day he was at home and his cousin sister was playing withthe 12 year old son their neighbour Rinki Devi . Since Rahul was feeling disturbed due to the noise created by them (may be due to altercations) he went out to ask them to stop quarreling when Rinki Devi threw acid on him. He was admitted to the hospital .

Vcitim wishes to go  out of the city for treatment and recover all the expenses incurred and to be incurred in medical treatment either from government or from the accused person.

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