Someone who suffered so much breathed a sigh of relief, tears of joy rolled down the eyes of Suman, 30 years old acid attack survivor, as the court announced its judgment and handed down life imprisonment to the accused in the acid attack case.
“I was punished for being what all women are expected to be – a faithful wife,” said Suman, who was subjected to the attack in 2014 for refusing the advances of Raja. Suman had to spend more than six months in hospital for treatment after the horrifying incident.
“Now, I am medically fit, but still face difficulties in moving. I’m unable to strain myself even after two-and-a-half years of the dreadful day,” said Suman, adding that her body below the neck had suffered burn injuries in the attack.
Suman suffered initially while reporting the case.
“Initially my family was not willing to take the legal route as we are poor and could not bear the charges. Only after getting support from Farishte Group, an NGO which provided free legal aid, we pursued the case,” said Suman, who now works as an attendant in a city hospital.
Her husband works as daily wager and their daughter’s education is being funded by the NGO.
She recollected that how her family were threatened with terrible consequences and pressurized to take back the case, but she didn’t give up and appeared in court as and when she was required during the trial.
“Slowly I am getting used to the change in my body, but there’s a constant fear in my mind, even when I am at home,” she said, adding that she hoped justice would be done to stop such incidents in India.
(Originally blished In The Times Of India)