Acid attack victims preach love

Acid attack victims preach love

Survivors read out letters to attackers, seek end of gender violence

On Valentine’s Day, acid attack survivors insisted that youngsters ‘unlearn and learn’ the meaning of love. The survivors at Central Park in Connaught Place read out ‘love letters’ to their attackers. 

In 80 per cent of the acid attack cases unrequited love is a strong motive, said activists of Stop Acid Attack. 

“You were relieved seeing my smiling face. You burnt it with acid. But you forgot that you could not ever burn my heart, my soul. Was it necessary that we end up as enemies, if we couldn’t be friends?” read Shaheen, 24, a victim of such an attack in 2009.Laxmi and Sapna were the other two victims who joined the protest.

Laxmi spoke about the need for awareness on gender-based violence to scores of people who gathered in solidarity of the survivors. Her fianceAlok Dixit had accompanied her.  

“When somebody turns you down or breaks your heart, give her a black rose,” urged Dixit.  

Shaheen too reiterated Dixit’s argument in the letter she read, “When someone’s rejection hurts you so bad, do not try to physically hurt them, but give a black rose instead. 

This is what I would like to tell the youth who are chasing love.”“And, to you (her attacker), I have nothing to give, nothing more to say,” added Shaheen. 

Sapna, 21, said she has not been able to forgive her attackers. However she added, “I am happy to meet people. I feel more confident now.” After the attack, she had dropped out of class 12. But now she plans to resume her studies. 
“The incident happened near GTB hospital. It took an hour before I got any sort of medical aid,” she said, arguing that there is general reluctance to help acid attack victims. Sapna was attacked on August 7, 2013.

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