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The Bravehearts

These are some of the cases that have come to ASFI’s notice.

Rita Paul : 

Rita Paul, 24 married for 2 yrs following an acrimonious scene ,detected her mother in-law having illicit relations with another man. She was blamed for casting aspersions on family honour. Rita was forced to swallow a litre of acid (september 2000) to disable her from revealing family misdeeds . Being little bit educated she filed a written complaint and succeeded in putting her husband and mother in-law in jail for 10 year. The perpetrator went on appeal which was heard ex-pante and they were acquitted after about 3 years . Rita needs further treatment to overcome swallowing problems & speech therapy. She needs money for leading her day to day life also.                   

   

   

Anu Mukherjee

 Anu Mukherjee then 21 year old was a rising star in the dancing circles of Delhi in the early 2000’s. She had a struggling childhood as she lost her parents at a very early age and was brought up by her aunt. But there also fate did not favour her as she used to misbehave with them . She was forced to become a bar dancer to support her and her brother's living. Her fame and popularity triggered jealousy and insecurity amongst colleagues; one of whom conspired to ruin her life and career. On 19th December 2004 while she was travelling to work by an auto rickshaw acid was thrown at her face.  The attack left her with severe scars on her face, neck and hand, besides taking away her vision totally.Fate had earlier robbed her of her parents in a car accident; it now conspired to ruin her life permanently. However, she managed to get her perpetrators awarded 5 years of rigorous imprisonment. She continues her quest to be self-supporting and independent undaunted.

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Archana Thakur

Archana was 21 years old when she rejected a marriage proposal from her neighbour at Bulandshahar in UttarPradesh. On 15th November 2008 the man came to her house and in vengeance threw acid on her face. She suffered burns on her face, neck, chest, back, hand and lost vision in her left eye. She has already undergone twenty eight surgeries and still needs to get her eye lid and ear reconstructed and the cornea transplanted in her left eye. She got married in May, 2014 .

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Sonali Mukherjee

Sonali an 18 year old topper from Dhanbad College in Jharkhand had dreams to become a professor. She had spurned the advances of her neighbour who along with his friends broke into her house on 22nd April 2003 and in revenge poured acid on her face while she was asleep. The attack left her with 70% burns, partially deaf and blind along with severe facial scarring. She has already undergone twenty two surgeries to restore functionality of her face but is still in need of further surgery for facial reconstruction. Despite a prolonged legal battle her attackers are sadly out on bail and free. After beind drained out financially she demanded euthanasia from government and thus came to the sight of media. SHe got a public platform like Kaun Banega Crorepati, seadon 6 in 2012 . In February, 2014 she got a grade III clerk job by state government of Jharkhand . She got appointed in Welfare Department of Bokaro Deputy Commissioner's office. In 2015 , April she tied knot with Chittaranjan Tiwari .

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Mabiya Mandal

Mabiya an 18year old from Navi Mumbai got married and then realised that her husband was not keen to get a job and depended on her earnings for sustenance. This resulted in frequent fights between the couple and when the situation became intolerable Mabiya decided to get separated and along with her daughter moved in with her parents. Her husband came to her house on 23rd September 2012 on the pretext of a compromise and poured acid on her while she was sleeping. The attack has left her with severe burns on her face. She has undergone seven surgeries and continues to have trouble with her eyes and severe facial scars.Her husband who perpetrated the attack is absconding.

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Pragya Singh

Pragya a graduate in Economics and post-graduate in fashion management from Delhi was 23 when she received a marriage proposal from a distant relative. When this proposal was turned down this person had threatened to ruin her life. Twelve days after her wedding on 30th April 2006 while travelling by train from Varanasi to Delhi she was doused with acid in her sleep. Fellow passengers provided first aid and admitted her to hospital. He was caught at Etawah station and they put him in jail. He served prison for one and a half years after which his financially sound family managed to get him out on bail. They also allegedly bribed the public prosecutor with a lakh of rupees and the judge handling Pragya’s case at the Allahabad High Court. The judgment came out in 2008 and the accused served only three years in jail to complete his four-and-half-year jail sentence.The attack has caused her burns on her back and chest, spoilt her hairline and vision in left eye besides damaging her ear and left arm. She has undergone nine reconstructive surgeries. ASFI has  a partnership with Pragya's 'Atijeevan Foundation' . Pragya Singh is also the brand ambassador for the Chennai chapter of ASFI .

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Moyna Pramanik

Moyna was married at the age of 13 years and lived with husband and in laws in Murshidabad in West Bengal.  Because she was blessed with a daughter they started demanding dowry, misbehaving and torturing her. The ordeal gradually became unbearable and then on 24th August 2001 her husband, mother-in-law & brother– in- law poured acid on her face and neck and then doused her in kerosene and set her face on fire. The attack left her face and neck grossly scarred and right ear destroyed. She  filed  a written  complaint  and  was  able  to  get  the perpetrators detained   for  45 days after  which  they  were able to obtain bail.  Despite the handicap she has pursued her education . Presently , she is working as a cook in a school under the 'Mid-day meal' scheme.

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Krishna Kumar Nuniya

Krishna Nunia a 28 year old mason from Murshidabad in West Bengal had an estranged relationship with his wife. He had been living separately and had sought a divorce. He was trying to work out a mutual settlement with his wife and in-laws. Disagreements in the process led to an altercation on 7th June 2012 when his father–in-law and brother-in-law tied him to a tree and threw acid on his face.  He managed to free himself and escape to a hospital for treatment. The attack has caused the loss of his right eye and severe scarring on his face and nose.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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