A protest against acid attacks was held at Bandra Terminus Saturday evening, as a part of the “spot of shame” campaign by Stop Acid Attacks (SAA), an NGO.
The initiative aims at identifying specific places where women have been victims of violence and stage protests there to spread awareness. Saturday’s protest was against the acid attack on Preeti Rathi, who was attacked at Bandra Terminus in May last year. She succumbed to her injuries in June last year. Several citizens participated in Saturday’s protest.
Street plays and songs, which were part of the movement, conveyed the horrors faced by women. A discussion was also held on the increasing cases of acid attacks and how to curb this menace.
Lakshmi, who is an acid attack survivor from Delhi, said at the protest, “What society needs now is change. If more people were active, my attacker would have been caught much sooner,” she said.
Megha Ramaswamy, who is working on a documentary on acid attacks and is also a volunteer in the campaign, said, “The first phase of the campaign is directed towards spreading awareness about acid attacks. At the moment, protection of women is a highly relevant topic. However, due to a greater focus on rape, very little is known about acid attacks. In the following phases, we will deal with other forms of violence against women.”
“Many victims of acid attacks do not come forward because they do not get support. Only when people are aware of acid attacks can they be sensitised,” said Alok Dixit, a social activist and SSA founder.