A few days ago, via The Logical Indian, I came across a worse Incident which took place with Rekha, a strong victim of acid attack who was promised to get compensation within 15 days…did she get it? NO! For the past 1.5 years, they’ve been promising for assured compensation, but, as usual, they didn’t stand up on their words. What I say is, not only Rekha, but there are plenty other victims too who’ve been suffering the same pain and hearing similar promises!
It’s time to take a step forward to it! Thus, The Logical Indian & Make Love Not Scars have started this joint initiative where they are writing to the minister of home affairs as well as to Wome and Child Development department!
Why I’m Sharing This With You?
Dear readers, we can help Rekha and more survivors like her if you agree to help. In order to become a part of this effort, please email the below to the e-mail IDs mentioned, Tweet #IStandWithRekha over your network and try to spread this message as widely as you can!
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The Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs/ Women and Child Development
Subject: Timely release of compensation to acid attack survivors.
We are writing to you today to bring to your attention the lack of efficiency with which our system handles the release of government compensation.
According to Section 357 C, all hospitals, public or private, whether run by central government, state government, local bodies or any other entity, shall immediately provide free first-aid or medical treatment to the victims. At present, government hospitals (where treatment is free) have a higher death rate due to infections even before a patient can be taken in for surgery.
Through this letter, we are just asking you to ensure that these survivors get what is rightfully theirs and that they get it on time.
If the compensation is released on time, the survivors could get better treatment as well as trauma counselling, which is not only crucial but also vital when dealing with trauma of this magnitude. Rehabilitation of such survivors is also a very important point the government needs to look into as survivors of such crimes have to deal with their own share of social stigma.
One such case is that of Rekha from Bangalore who had the misfortune of being attacked by her own husband. This was by far one of the worst cases of acid attacks. Disfigured to the point that her own two-year-old daughter is frightened at the look of her own mother. The chairperson of the state women’s commission (Karnataka) has visited Rekha, but she is yet to get even a single rupee of help from the state government, even a year and half after the acid attack.
We request you to take strict and prompt action towards making sure that Rekha gets what is rightfully hers. We also want this to not be a one of case but make sure that this aids the implementation of the compensation scheme in the future as well.
There is no point of a scheme if people don’t benefit from it. If this issue is not handled today, it will only escalate tomorrow. We look forward to your response on this matter and hope that no other survivor will ever be in the condition that Rekha is in today.
Thanks and Regards,
-The Logical Indian
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