NGO Make Love Not Scars has launched an #EndAcidSale campaign. The aim: To make acid unavailable to the common man.
Acid throwing, also called an acid attack, a vitriol attack or vitriolage, is a form of violent assault defined as the act of throwing acid or a similarly corrosive substance onto the body of another “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 skin tissue, often exposing and sometimes dissolving the bones. The most common types of acid used in these attacks are sulfuric and nitric acid…The long term consequences of these attacks may include blindness, as well as permanent scarring of the face and body, along with far-reaching social, psychological, and economic difficulties. – Wikipedia
Make Love Not Scars is a website/movement with the aim of bringing about awareness on this issue. Through their site, they enable acid attack survivors to share their stories and showcase their talents. Their appeal to the Indian government? To make acid availability near to impossible as well as the implementation of crucial laws that will help keep track of those who purchase acid, including a Rs 50,000 fine for not following rules.
Acid attacks are a very REAL issue and behind every attack there is a human being who’s life is shattered in an instant. Reshma was 18 when she was attacked with sulphuric acid by her own brother-in-law.
She lost her left eye,
her right eye is partially closed and infected,
she was left with severe burns,
she needs SURGERY to restore the muscles around her mouth.
Reshma like a 1000 other people every year (according to BBC) is an ACID ATTACK SURVIVOR. Acid attacks are widely gender related, the survivors are predominantly women. The two main causes are: Refusal of sexual advances or marriage proposals.
Reshma’s video is here to help raise awareness. She encourages us, the viewers to sign the ongoing petition to #EndAcidSale.
“You’ll find a red lipstick easily in the market,” she says, “Just like concentrated acid.”
The price of an eyeliner : Rs 100.
The price of concentrated acid : Rs 30
The kind of pain experienced as a result of an acid attack is unimaginable. Victims face traumatizing after-effects including, but not limited to, peeled skin, loss of eyesight and hearing, exposed bone and cartilage, fatal infections, loss of sensation, amputations, skin replacements and grafts and most of all, the pain of having to live their entire life with severe disfigurement of the face and limbs. – Make Love Not Scars
Let it be known ACID (mainly used for cleaning) doesn’t need to be easily accessible! There are alternatives and safer ways to clean our homes.
Read the letter to the Prime Minister of India. To sign the petition, click here.
Photos/videos credit : Make Love Not Scars.