Acid attacks are barbaric acts of violence in which powerful acid is thrown at (nearly invariably) a young woman’s face or body as a form of ‘vengeance’ by young man/men.
On the deserted lanes of a huge metropolis, you are not safe as a woman. In your neighborhood’s busy market, you feel sifted through. In fact, one does not feel at ease in any location. Ignore the sermon and go about your business for the rest of the day.
Most of the time, a young teenage girl is approached as a love interest by a young guy or man. The girl resists his amorous approaches since she does not want to be pursued romantically. This is taken as a “insult” by the male, who intends to exact revenge on the girl by destroying her entire existence. ‘If you won’t be with me, I’ll punish you in such a way that you won’t be accepted by anybody else,’ the thought process goes. The guy (or him and his friends) assault the girl and pour powerful concentrated acid on her face and body, physically and emotionally scarring her for life.
It is a quintessential example of India’s patriarchal society. A youngster is free to do whatever he wants, and he always gets away with a smack on the wrist. He is treated differently, which leads him to assume that he has the right to anything he desires, including the female of his choosing. It doesn’t matter what the girl desires. She’s a girl, so she must be grateful for any attention she receives from him. As a result, when the girl has the audacity to deny him, his massively inflated ego is ‘hurt.’
‘How dare she turn down my offer?’ She needs to learn a lesson.’ This is the kind of warped mentality with which the girl must contend. It makes me sick to think of what goes on in these men’s heads.
The perpetrators are either never apprehended or are apprehended and handed a low sentence. This is mostly due to reasons such as the perpetrator’s family’s social status, which is utilised to use authority to back the criminals against the system, the offenders’ juvenile age, the victim’s social stigma, and the number of legal problems.
We can’t understand how much suffering they go through. Their faces/bodies are disfigured, they are in chronic pain, some become blind or deaf, and some are unable to breathe or eat regularly due to facial injury. They are also rejected by society as a result of all of this. Friends and family members quit supporting and communicating with their loved ones. Their parents are forced to witness their child’s suffering on a daily basis. Medical costs are quite high, and most families cannot afford care because these accidents occur in rural India. We can’t image how difficult it must be to go on living after something like this.
Knowing that there are people in the world who are unfit to be called humans because they choose to do something like this to another person is sad, demoralizing, and terrifying. Strict regulations against such heinous crimes should be enacted to prevent anyone from participating in such acts of violence against humanity.
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