A Drop of Acid

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Acid throwing, also called an acid attack, is a form of violentassault especially against women with the intention to disfigure, maim, torture, or kill. Perpetrators of these attacks throw acid at their victims, usually at their faces, burning them, and damaging skintissue. The most common types of acid used in these attacks are sulfuric, nitric, or hydrochloric acid.
Acid attack is the worst form of crime against women. For a victim, it is not just an emotional or mental trauma but also a lingering pain to try and cope up with life after the attack. Moreover the treatment too for an acid attack victim is way expensive.
The worst part, acid attack is a crime not committed out of lust or by a person in inebriated state, rather it’s a way of vengeance, a result of a simple rejection to a proposal or advancement by the opposite sex, often the perpetrator is well known to the victim.
Arif, who is fighting a case against the attackers of his 14 year old daughter, Tuba, says “the accused are claiming to be juveniles, and if proven so they will be scott free, as the Indian judicial system does not have provision of a harsher punishment of juveniles guilty of hideous crimes”.
For some victims the fight is even tougher. The society they live in believes that there must be some fault of the girl’s that such an incident occurred. When the real picture is that rejection results in acid attacks but the society remains blind to it.

Ravi Chaudhary
Photographer- The New Indian Express

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↑     Tuba 16, A diabolic act by a bunch of urchins burned the life of Tuba, a 14 year old school girl back then when attacked by three boys of her age. The Indian judiciary treated it as an juvenile act as both the attackers and the victims were 14 years of age. Tuba is slowly recovering and wants to get back to her studies

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↑     Archana 25 Yrs, I had 42 operations on my face, not to enhance my beauty because these are not normal cosmetic surgeries but these are surgeries to being me back from my devil like look to my normal self. That is because my face is disfigured by an acid attack happened back in 08. Our neighbor liaised with other women and thru acid on me, ruining the rest of my normal life.Every girl want to look beautiful but I want my earlier self back, not too much to ask for.

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↑     Lakshmi 25 years, Refusing a marriage proposal was what caused the ruin of her life, Lakshmi was 15 that time and her fault was to refuse a 30 year old guy during her struggling time while working at a book store in khan Market

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↑     Geeta 43 yr (Nitu’s mother) I would anyday prefer death over my incapability of protecting my daughters from the acid attack. Cant say it left a scar on me, but it completely shattered our whole life, my youngest died, leaving me with no hope to go on with my life. No house No money and No hope.

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↑     Nitu, 24 years. Her father threw acid on her, her mother and her 18-month old sister, who succumbed to her injuries. Nitu was 3 years old then.

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↑     Nitu, 24 years. Her father threw acid on her, her mother and her 18-month old sister, who succumbed to her injuries. Nitu was 3 years old then.

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↑     Renu 28 Yr, Being the eldest of my family of 5 siblings, I hope at least one of my eye could be spared enabling me to work to feed my brothers and sisters. My landlord thru acid on me ruining my life, but I am still at a loss because I do not know what compelled him to do that heinous act.

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↑     Ritu, 19 years, She was playing basketball when 4 boys, one her own cousin, threw acid on her.

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↑     Rupa 22 Years, Her step mother thru acid on her because she disliked her. Rupa’s father kept silent and did not raise a voice against his wife.

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↑     Sapna 21 years, Three men on motorbikes attacked her, in broad daylight. Many witnessed the crime but no one offered any help.

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↑     Sonia 30 Years. Her neighbour gifted her a mobile phone. When she found out that it was stolen, she filed a police complaint. Her neighbour was arrested. Humiliated, he took his revenge by throwing acid on her.

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↑     Sonia 30 Years. Her neighbour gifted her a mobile phone. When she found out that it was stolen, she filed a police complaint. Her neighbour was arrested. Humiliated, he took his revenge by throwing acid on her.