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SOUNDS OF THE SUFIS

A Fund Raiser for Acid Attack Survivors

assisted by the Department of Political Science, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

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Overview

Every day somewhere or other in the world someone; most likely a woman is being victimized by a brutal acid attack. India is among a handful of countries that witness the maximum number of horrific acid attacks on women. Acid attacks completely spoils and mutilates the face of the victim and sometimes even the eyesight is lost. With limited access to reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation, survivors are physically and emotionally scarred for life.

Our Contribution

Dr. Ashok Gupta has been extending help to the economically weaker sections of the society and the acid attack victims since almost four decades. As a lead, Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon and as an expression of social responsibility to the community to extend the benefit of scientific advancement in the field of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, he has examined and treated and given a new lease of life to several acid attack patients, largely women.

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Our Motto

Reaching out and transforming lives of others who deserve it most is our motto.

Help us to help others, help us reconstruct the faces of the victims to rebuild their future, help us raise funds so that the hope of victim’s life raises up, help us to give acid attack survivors a new life. We can make a difference!!!!

Trustees

Photo Dr. Ashok K. Gupta Senior Consultant Plastic & Microvascular Surgeon Bombay Hospital And Medical Research Centre, Mumbai VIEW PROFILE
Photo Dr. Kanchan A. Gupta Senior Medical Officer (Gynecologist) and Ex-AMD Head of Dept. at Employee State Insurance Scheme Hospital, Worli, Mumbai VIEW PROFILE
Photo Akshay A. Gupta Developing Accelerated Retail Experience (D.A.R.E) Associate at Walmart, Toronto, Canada VIEW PROFILE

Contributions

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The Kargil War Victim’s Brave Fight

J.P.S., a 24-year-old soldier came under rapid missile fire during the Kargil War’s Operation Vijay at the World’s highest battlefront. World’s highest battlefront THE KARGIL WAR VICTIM’S BRAVE FIGHT [...]

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Violence at Mumbai : Post Babri Masjid Demolition Issues

Mr. C. R., a 21 years male, sustained extensive injury to his right upper extremity during these riots at Mumbai. It was extensive high velocity, multiple level deep injury to the upper extremity. [...]

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2003 Serial Mumbai Bomb Blasts

Thirty-eight-year-old Deepak Vadhani, who was injured in the August 25 bomb blast, A resident of Amrut Kunj building in Pestom Sagar, Deepak was seriously injured in the Zaveri Bazaar blast. [...]

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Bhuj Earthquake Victim

Ms. RAZIA SHAIKH, AGED AROUND 15 YEARS All the members from one family were found under the debris severely injured (with life threatening infection and compound commuted multiple Loss of soft tissue). [...]

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SAVE THE FACE

INTRODUCTION TO ACID BURN
Acid-throwing Offence Impact on Women
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Preface

It is disheartening to note that certain sections of society are still living with the viciousness of cruelty, causing physical and social disfigurement by throwing acid on women which causes grievous damage to their personal and professional lives.
This project is undertaken to draw the attention of the competent authorities towards the problems associated with acid throwing (vitriolage) incidents, as also to highlight the laxity of the rules and certain sections of the law, which allow the offenders to walk away with minimal punishment.
As a leading PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON, it is my attempt to provide access to professional help and to stress upon the importance of suitable primary treatment as well as definitive reconstructive procedures to these victims.

- Dr. Ashok Gupta


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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  1. Creating awareness:
    1. To prevent severe deformity following acid burn by early, primary definitive and reconstructive treatment through plastic surgery.
    2. To make the society aware of the hardships faced by these young victims of vitriolage having facial disfigurements.
  2. Rehabilitation:
    1. To enhance the existing plastic surgery setup at recognized medical colleges/ teaching hospitals/ private hospitals in the country.
    2. To provide specialized treatment to acid burn victims with moderate to severe facial disfigurements.

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ISSUES & CHALLENGES

Acid Throwing / Vitriolage is a form of Violent Assault
Definition: Vitriolage is a medical and legal term embodying the act as well as the purpose within itself. It means "THROWING ACID (NOTABLY CONCENTRATED SULPHURIC ACID / NITRIC ACID) ON SOMEONE WITH THE MALICIOUS INTENT TO HARM A PERSON".
Perpetrators of these attacks throw acid on their victims (usually at their faces), burning them, and damaging skin tissues, often exposing and sometimes dissolving the bones. Acid burn occurs when living tissue is exposed to a corrosive substance such as a strong acid or base.
Most survivors of an acid attack are forced to give up their education, occupation and other important activities in their lives stemming from time-investment for recovering from the trauma. The scars left by acid are not only skin deep, but also soul-deep.


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Background

  • In 12th century pirates threw acids on the decks of the royal ships in order to raid and steal the belongings of the ship.
  • During the Roman Era in 16th century, people who were supposedly rejected by God and doomed punishment began ravaging the people at the country side. They started throwing acid in the eyes of Church Bishops as an act of revenge.
  • British who controlled India in 19th century defeated Turks and opposed the government of Mughals. The assailants started throwing acid on the faces of numerous women and children.

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Why it happens?

The victims are attacked for many reasons. In some cases, the attack takes place because a young girl or woman has spurned the sexual advances of a male or has rejected a proposal of marriage. Recently, however, there have been acid attacks on children, older women and sometimes also men. These attacks are often the result of family or land disputes, dowry demands or a desire for revenge.

Who are the victims?
The victims of acid attack are Women (47%), Men (26%) & Children (27%). Sometimes domestic animals or birds are also victimized. Also, the problem of husbands and in-laws disfiguring women while attempting to secure higher dowry payments is well documented.


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LIVE CASE STORIES OF ACID ATTACKS

SAVE THE FACE : STOP THE ACID ATTACKS
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Acid Throwing For Dowry

Post burn contracture was so severe that her lower lip practically touched the part of sternum. There was no extension and rotation at neck[...]

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Brother-In-Law Injuring A Teenager

Ms. R Q, aged about 19 years, a resident of Mumbai, a victim of acid burns, wherein her Brother-In-Law had thrown Acid on her face. She has been operated upon [...]

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Ms. K G, Acid Attack Victim

Ms. K G, aged about 40 years, a resident of Sangli, was treated of various post burn deformities following Acid Throwing Injuries. “She lost everything in life [...]

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Acidic Labor - union Dispute

GP was an accountant and manager at a bank. Everything in his life was going smooth, until his promotion from the post of accountant to manager. GP got caught in the [...]

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