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5 Initiatives Taken For Welfare Of Acid Attack Survivors

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Charvi Kathuria
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5 Initiatives Taken For Welfare Of Acid Attack Survivors

Throwing acid at women is one of the cruellest acts of violence. Besides the physical scars, the survivors also suffer from long-term emotional trauma. But in a bid to better the lives of acid attack survivors, several initiatives are being taken up.

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Let us look at some of them:

Employment at DCW

  • In 2016, theĀ Delhi Commission for Women employed two such survivors who would work with its ā€˜Acid Watch Cellā€™. DCW chiefĀ Swati Malliwal had announced, ā€œOne of them will be a part of the ā€˜Acid Watch Cellā€™ of the Delhi Commission for Women. Some of the priorities of the Acid Watch cell are ensuring acid attack victims get proper treatment as well as to follow up their cases in court,ā€Ā reported PTI.

Free medical check-up

  • The Delhi government chalked out guidelines that help survivors of road accidents,Ā acid attacksĀ and thermal burn injuries get cashless treatment. As per the guidelines, survivors will have the facility to getĀ medical checkupĀ done free of cost. But this will be applicable only to the incidents taking place in the capital.

Also read: The ardent feminist: 17-year-old Kaanchiā€™s art for acid attack survivors

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Employment at Delhi High Court

  • The Delhi High Court broke the norm and decided to hire five acid attack survivors and a person from theĀ transgenderĀ community. The decision came afterĀ the Delhi State Legal Services Authority brought their plight to the notice of the Acting Chief Justice, Gita Mittal.

Survivors covered in Disability Act

  • The Centre announcedĀ 14 new categories of physical and mental disabilitiesĀ under one umbrella term of Disability Act 2016.

The present Disability Act provides benefits to only seven categories of people who face or are suffering from mental retardation, mental illness, blindness, locomotive, leprosy, low vision and hearing impairment

UN Award for NGO

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  • Ria Sharma, aĀ young womanĀ who started an NGO calledĀ Make Love Not ScarsĀ (MLNS)Ā to help acidĀ attacks survivorsĀ get on with their lives, bagged the UNā€™s Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards.Ā Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Priyanka Chopra, handed over the award to Sharma in New York on Sept 19. Ria is theĀ only Indian to get this award.Ā The 26-year-old Delhi girlā€™s efforts towards acid attack victims had earned her the coveted honour.

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