NEW DELHI: The Acid Attack Survivors initiated the indefinite hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Survivors from various part of the nation have come forward to participate in the campaign which is looking forward to raise the issue in the ongoing Winter Session of the Indian Parliament. The survivors and members behind the campaign are demanding that the Supreme Court guidelines issued in September 2013 to regulate the sale of Acid at retail shops be implemented.
The Acid Attack Survivors Ritu, Lakshmi, Rupa and others were present at Jantar Mantar. Sapna Bhavnani, renowned hair stylist, also joined the survivors in their hunger strike.
“We have got a written permission from Police to hold the strike till December 16. If required we will extend the permission. We have received good media attention. I hope the message reaches the law makers and law protectors.” informed Ashish Shukla from the Stop Acid Attacks movement. Ajyendra Tripathi, another member of the movement said, “We are initiating an online support movement called ‘Online Anshan’ as well, where those who are unable to join us at Jantar Mantar can support us by being on Hunger Strike from wherever possible. Distance must not be the reason why people are not able to support the movement.”
Delhi-based theatre group Asmita joined the movement by presenting their play ‘Dastak’, which talks about crime against women. The play was very well received by the public present at Jantar Mantar.
Stop Acid Attacks has also initiated an online petition on Change.org which asks government to implement various guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. To visit the online petition click here.
This article was first published on LokMarg on December 13, 2014