HRLN has filed a PIL to Implement the Rehabilitation Scheme for Acid Attack Survivors
PARIVARTAN KENDRA V/S UNION OF INDIA & Ors. WRIT PETITION (CIVIL.) NO (s). 867 OF 2013 Chanchal, a talented 18-year-old Dalit girl, wanted to be a computer engineer. She used to go to college regularly and supported her family working as a daily wageworker. Men from her village, Anil, Ghanshyam, Baadal, and Raja, harassed Chanchal on a daily basis. They had been sexually and verbally harassing her for many months prior to this incident. When she refused to give in to their demands and boldly opposed their sexual harassment, they brutally threw acid on her face and body, which also fell on Chanchal's younger sister's body. The men attacked Chanchal on 21 October 2012 at midnight by climbing on Chanchal's roof while she and her sister were asleep. After hearing their daughter's screams, Chanchal's parents rushed the girls to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). After the acid attack, PMCH doctors delayed proper treatment and failed to give her medicines, worsening her condition. Chanchal's parents had to purchase almost all medicines out of pocket causing them to go under debt spending more than 5 lakhs on medicines. PMCH doctors and nurses mistreated Chanchal and her family telling her she has no right to be at the hospital given that she was Dalit. The Petitioner of the Petition is Parivartan Kendra, is a registered NGO (Registration No. 207/2007 under the Registered Society Act, dated 28.05.07 at Patna, Bihar). Who has filed this public interest litigation to ensure justice for survivors and to humbly urge this Hon ble Court to direct the respondents to mirror other countries in the region by taking meaningful steps to ensure that survivors are adequately compensated, treated, and rehabilitated.