New Delhi: A day after CNN-IBN aired the story of an acid victim from Jharkhand, who is in Delhi, struggling to find legal and medical help, the Jharkhand government has promised to look into her case. But activists say curbing the sale of acid and stronger laws are needed to prevent such attacks.
27-year-old Sonali Mukherjee is still struggling to come to terms with the trauma of an acid attack nine years ago that left her blind and barely alive.
Sonali has received little legal recourse.. There is no special section in the Indian Penal Code which deals with acid attacks. Successive governments have failed to bring in strong laws.
There's an amendment in CRPC providing compensation for victims of violence. But the question is what schemes have the state governments passed in compliance of that one section.
Despite approaching the courts and the government, Sonali is still in dire need of medical and financial aid. After her story was aired on CNN-IBN, the Jharkhand state government has said they will look into her case.
Promises, that Sonali and her father pray, may soon translate into concrete action.
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