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APPEAL

Help For Innocent Victims Of Acid Attacks

Care Today appeals to citizens for contributions.


Face of an acid attack victim

A minute may be a very short time, but it takes just one minute to damage a life and face, leaving an innocent person to struggle emotionally, psychologically and economically for the entire period of life. Such can be the brutal power of acid attack on an innocent victim. Recent events have reinforced the idea that women are, more often than ever before, the targets and sufferers of such acid attacks. This is as much true of rural as urban India. There are many motivations for such attacks. Over and above the heinous acts of female foeticide, dowry death, rape and molestation, a less highlighted crime against women is the most deplorable act of acid attacks.

Many a time, the motive for such an action could be very simple, but the act results in complete damage to the life of innocent targets. There are no official statistics on the number of attacks, but a study undertaken by Cornell University, US, in January 2011 stated that there were 153 attacks reported in the media from 1999 to 2010 in India. Most often, the face of the victim is the target of attack.

The damage caused forces the person to undergo expensive medical treatment but that does not guarantee complete normalisation. The victim breaks emotionally and psychologically during this process and incurs expenditures which in most of the instances is beyond affordable limits of the family. When the person recovers, the social acceptance of the victim tends to be a challenge, leaving the person socially marginalised for life. Acid attacks are aimed at controlling women's freedom, silencing their voice and are an extreme form of gender-based violence. Acid attacks are emerging as a global phenomenon and India occupies the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous places, where women are more likely to face such attacks than in most countries.

It is important that civil society raises its voice against such acts and protests in a manner that also helps the un It is important that civil society raises its voice against such acts and protests in a manner that also helps the unfortunate victims of such violence. There are some NGOS that are involved in supporting acid attack victims directly as well as through advocating changes in the gruesome laws, so that the perpetrators of such violence are adequately punished. With your support, Care Today would like to reach out to many such efforts.

Care Today Fund has been recently approached for support by the family of Tuba Tabbassum, a 15-year-old girl from Bihar, who was an unfortunate victim of an acid attack on September 26, 2012. Responding to this request, Care Today Fund decided to establish a separate fund for supporting such victims and reach out by supporting medical and legal expenses of Tuba Tabassum. Care Today has set up "Care Today Couch Cares Fund" to receive donations which would support acid attack victims.

We request you to contribute generously to "Care Today Couch Cares Fund" to help innocent acid attack victims such as Tuba Tabassum and others. In line with our regular practice, all donations will be exempted of tax as per provisions under 80G of the IT Act. Contributions above Rs 5,000 will be acknowledged in INDIA TODAY pages.

Saga of recent acid attack victim
Tuba Tabassum,a student of Class X, refused to entertain amorous advances of one of her classmates, and became a victim of acid attack on September 26,2012. Acid was thrown on her face and back. Currently, she is undergoing treatment in Delhi.Responding to a request made by her parents, Care Today Fund has provided a grant of Rs 1 lakh to support her medical treatment and legal costs, with donation recieved from Living Media India Limited.
Recent feedback received from her father indicates that Ms Tabassum is recovering well but needs more extensive facial reconstruction surgeries. They look forward to more such generous support.

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