Support pours out online for acid attack victim

33,000 people sign petition seeking CBI probe into her death

More than 33,000 people signed an online petition given to chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the death of Preeti Rathi, victim of an acid attack in Mumbai.

The petition was started by Preeti’s father Amar Rathi on www.change.org.

“We met Sheila Dikshit on Saturday. She promised us that she would forward our petition to the Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and ask him to take immediate action on our demands,” Amar Rathi, Preeti’s father, said.

Rathi, accompanied by his wife Roshini, delivered the petition to Sheila Dikshit at her residence.

Amar Singh Rathi is supported by a campaign led by acid attack survivors called ‘Stop Acid Attacks’.

Roshini Rathi, Preeti’s mother said: “We have been running from door to door to get justice for Preeti and sadly the CBI investigation hasn’t started yet. I request all decision makers to ensure that my daughter gets justice.”

In less than a week’s time, more than 33,000 people signed the petition on Change.org seeking justice for Preeti Rathi.

“Today more than 33,300 voices were delivered to the chief minister of Delhi. It’s incredible to see how thousands have come to together to support Amar Singh Rathi in putting pressure on R.R. Patil (Maharashtra home minister), ” said Tamseel Hussain, a campaigner at Change.org.

Preeti Rathi was attacked by an unidentified man while she got down from the Garib Rath Express at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai on May 2.

After battling for life for a month, Preeti succumbed to her injuries June 2.

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