THE ARYAN WARS

Your do­na­tion is a voice against acid at­tacks

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A his­tor­i­cal de­bate gets po­lit­i­cal as new re­search sug­gests our Aryan an­ces­tors came in from the West 4,000 years ago

Acid at­tack in­ci­dents in In­dia have stunned our con­science re­peat­edly with maimed coun­te­nances, shocked sur­vivors and fam­i­lies driven to in­sol­vency sup­port­ing the re­cov­ery costs of vic­tims. It is the worst in­flic­tion on a hu­man be­ing, lead­ing to com­plete de­bil­i­ta­tion, loss of in­come and op­por­tu­nity and also so­cial alien­ation. Acid at­tack sur­vivors en­dure im­mense trauma and are un­able to lead a nor­mal life ever again—of­ten blinded, scarred beyond recog­ni­tion and robbed of their iden­tity.

Acid at­tack cases are in­creas­ing ev­ery year. For­mally re­ported cases have in­creased from 85 in 2012 to 140 in 2015, while it is be­lieved that there are many which are not re­ported. The vic­tims mostly have been women be­tween the ages of 14 and 35, and at­tacks of­ten oc­cur as re­venge for re­ject­ing a mar­riage pro­posal or sex­ual ad­vances, for not bring­ing enough dowry, for bear­ing a fe­male child, for not cook­ing a good enough meal, etc.

Since 2013, the Care To­day Fund has been sup­port­ing Ms Tuba Tabas­sum, an acid at­tack

sur­vivor from Si­wan in Bi­har, for her med­i­cal treat­ment and ed­u­ca­tion. She is presently un­der­go­ing coach­ing from a renowned in­sti­tute to ap­pear for the med­i­cal en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion, sup­ported by the Care To­day Fund. We ac­knowl­edge that, like Tuba, there are hun­dreds of acid at­tack sur­vivors in the coun­try hop­ing for sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to their end­less suf­fer­ing.

Care To­day ap­peals for your in­volve­ment to take for­ward the fight against acid at­tacks and to sup­port sur­vivors. You could do this by do­nat­ing to the fund set up ex­clu­sively to sup­port sur­vivors of acid at­tacks. To do­nate, please send your cheque or de­mand draft drawn in favour of ‘CARE TO­DAY A/c ACID AT­TACK SUR­VIVORS FUND’ and send it to the ad­dress men­tioned in this ap­peal. Your dona­tions will help us sup­port acid at­tack sur­vivors for their med­i­cal treat­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, in­clud­ing life-skill train­ing and pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Your dona­tions will be el­i­gi­ble for in­come tax de­duc­tions as per the pro­vi­sions of 80G of the In­come Tax Act. Names of donors who con­trib­ute Rs 5,000 or more will be car­ried in the pages of in­dia to­day mag­a­zine. So far, a to­tal amount of Rs 75,552 has been re­ceived as do­na­tion. Care To­day Fund ac­knowl­edges the con­tri­bu­tion of donors and in­vites par­tic­i­pa­tion of in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies in ex­tend­ing this ini­tia­tive to more needy sur­vivors.

Please draw cheques or DDs favour­ing ‘Care To­day A/c Acid

At­tack Sur­vivors Fund’, payable at New Delhi and send them to the Care To­day Fund. Those wish­ing to trans­fer funds through banks, please e-mail care­to­day@in­to­day.com

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