Acid attacks statistics in India show that despite some of the best laws, acid is still easily available in India, and acid attacks still go unpunished. I’ve been in touch with Stop Acid Attacks for years now, and am used to the devastated yet smiling faces on social media, so I’m puzzled with my state of mind.
For the last two days, I’ve been trying to juggle a work deadline with translating the stories of acid attack survivors from Hindi to English. The translations is not technically difficult, because the stories are simple. Horrifying, but simple.
People, mostly in a small town, or in rural India, mostly women, piss off someone else, and pay for it by having their faces and bodies bathed in acid, eating into the skin, tissue fat; ruining faces, identities, mental equilibrium.
I’m going to finish the first profile today and send it in to be checked, but it is one of the harder things I’ve done–it is hard to see humanity inflict its worst on an unsuspecting individual–some acid attacks occur during sleep, attackers are usually family members and ‘admirers’–at any rate, a known person. The idea of a father burning his child/ children with acid is so unfathomable, as is the continued relationship of the devastated child with that father.
I’ve taken frequent deep breaths, but I still cannot bring myself to share pictures of the survivors–you’ll find their pictures, videos and stories here, on their Facebook page. I’ve written an entire novel that features an acid attack, but somehow, that feels different. Intense and true, yes, but fictional. These are real women, real lives, real tears.
Have you ever done something that was technically easy but emotionally difficult? Have you met an acid attack survivor?
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