A P P E A L HELP FOR IN­NO­CENT VIC­TIMS OFACID AT­TACKS

CARE TO­DAY ap­peals to cit­i­zens for con­tri­bu­tions

India Today - - PHOTO FEATURE -

Aminute may be a very short time, but it is suf­fi­cient to dam­age a face and life of an in­no­cent vic­tim such as Tuba Tabas­sum. Acid at­tacks re­sult ei­ther in lifethreat­en­ing phys­i­cal in­juries, some­times lead­ing to death, or leaves the in­no­cent vic­tims strug­gling through­out their life. While no of­fi­cial statis­tics are avail­able of such at­tacks in In­dia, a study by Cor­nell Univer­sity, US, in Jan­uary 2011 stated that there were 153 at­tacks re­ported in the me­dia from 1999 to 2010 in In­dia.

Re­cent events have re­in­forced the idea that women are, more of­ten than ever be­fore, the tar­gets and suf­fer­ers of such acid at­tacks. This is as much true of ru­ral as ur­ban In­dia. There are many mo­ti­va­tions for such at­tacks. Over and above the heinous acts of fe­male foeti­cide, dowry death, rape and mo­lesta­tion, a less high­lighted crime against women is the most deplorable act of acid at­tacks.

Care To­day re­cently launched a cam­paign to sup­port such un­for­tu­nate vic­tims and started sup­port­ing the med­i­cal treat­ment of Tuba Tabas­sum, a 15 year- old girl who suf­fered an acid at­tack on her face and body on Septem­ber 26, 2012. Tabas­sum has been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal but still needs to visit hos­pi­tal reg­u­larly for ad­di­tional treat­ment. She trav­els to Delhi from her home­town in Bi­har to un­dergo var­i­ous pro­ce­dures re­quired from time to time.

Dur­ing May 2013, she was in Delhi to un­dergo a pro­ce­dure which would help in open­ing her mouth. She is likely to visit Chen­nai in June for an eye check- up. Dur­ing her visit to the In­dia To­day Me­di­aplex in May 2013, her par­ents men­tioned about the need to go through a num­ber of surg­eries in fu­ture and how the in­ci­dent has af­fected the fam­ily.

As on June 4, 2013, gen­er­ous do­na­tions have helped us raise Rs 8,05,629. We re­quest the donors to con­tinue con­tribut­ing to this cause.

Care To­day Fund has set up “Care To­day a/ c Couch Cares” to re­ceive do­na­tions which would sup­port acid at­tack vic­tims. We re­quest you to con­trib­ute gen­er­ously to “Care To­day a/ c Couch Cares” to help in­no­cent acid at­tack vic­tims such as Tuba Tabas­sum and oth­ers. In line with our reg­u­lar prac­tice, all do­na­tions will be ex­empted of tax as per pro­vi­sions un­der 80G of the Act.

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