Citizens for Justice and Peace

Acid attack survivors allege threat by accused

31, Jul 2015

Vithika Salomi, TNN | Jul 31, 2015, 03.36AM IST
PATNA: It’s close to three years since the two Dalit sisters survived an acid attack. They have neither received the full compensation amount nor the accused have been punished yet. Rather, the four boys accused in the case are roaming free on bail and still threatening the girls’ family.
Chanchal Paswan, 20, is waiting for her full compensation and justice to be delivered to her. On Thursday, she appealed to CM Nitish Kumar for justice to her. A resident of Chitnawan under Maner police station area, Chanchal and her younger sister Sonam, now 17, suffered burn injuries on October 21, 2012 when they were asleep on their rooftop. Four boys — Anil Rai, Raj Rai, Badal Rai and Ghanshyam Rai – allegedly threw acid on the two girls for protesting sexual harassment and advances. Chanchal had suffered 28% burns. Her face and torso were completely disfigured.
Chanchal has undergone six surgeries, each costing Rs 5-6 lakh. Doctors say she will need to undergo surgeries whole life.”The compensation for acid attack survivors is Rs 3 lakh, but we have received Rs 1 lakh each, that, too, after some gratification. The accused throw stones at my house and we can’t sleep many a night,” says Chanchal, who once wanted to become a computer engineer, but now pursues political science (Hons).


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