What we do

When dreams die, they do not make much noise. When hopes are crushed, the sighs are soundless.

Acid corrodes gently. Eating away at her skin, bones and her dreams. The rest of her life begins now. A battle against unending, excruciating pain, deformity, social negligence, ostracisation and an invisible justice system. When a girl is attacked by acid, she is also relegated to the fringes of society, consigned to its dark recesses. Often, forced to hide away from society.

It is these faces that Stop Acid Attacks attempts to bring to light, from behind the veil, neglect and fear. Stop Acid Attacks is a call, a campaign against the brutality of acid violence. When we launched on March 8th, 2013, a determined resolve to bring these unseen, unknown stories to the fore, guided us.

We work as a bridge between survivors and the society, as the two come to stand isolated from each other when a girl is attacked with acid. Our mandate inspires us to first seek out all those survivors of acid attacks who have yet not emerged after this grave assault. We seek to provide them urgent and adequate medical and legal aid, and rehabilitate them by finding alternate sources of income. We connect them with potential donors and supporters for these urgent needs. Most significantly, our endeavor is to motivate and strengthen them. To reassure them that confidence can be the spring in their step, and faith can fuel their dreams.

Who We Are

Stop Acid Attacks is a call, a campaign against the brutality of acid violence. We recognize acid attack as the most inhumane, barbaric form of assault that leaves indelible scars on the life of the person attacked. Recognising the urgency to bring this burning issue and stories of valiant fighters who have survived this violence, we launched on March 8th, 2013.

Our aim is to combat the menace of acid attacks on as many fronts as it demands. Firstly, we seek to provide urgent and adequate medical, legal and financial aid for the survivors. In the longer term, we strive to rehabilitate them by finding alternate sources of income so they can embark on the road to self sustenance.

Apart from outreach, we also engage with socio-political institutions and seek to fight for policy change. Our goal is to work tirelessly towards elimination of acid and other forms of burn violence and protection of survivors' rights. One of the resounding successes we have achieved is the Supreme Court judgement in July 2013, regulating the wholesale of acid. The regulation came about as a result of many years of campaign and a petition filed by Laxmi, one of our brave fighters.

Moreover, we liaise with the law, the political class, and also work as a bridge between survivors and the society, as the two come to stand isolated from each other when a girl is attacked with acid. However, we believe each one of us can potentially be an agent of change. Thus, our endeavor is to motivate and strengthen each survivor. To reassure them that confidence can be the spring in their step, and faith can fuel their dreams.

How we Support

Our deep and unstinted focus on the life of the survivors is what makes our campaign special and distinct. It is a life line for survivors, run and managed by fellow survivors. It is here that their painful past transforms into a fountain of strength for their fellows. Not only do they understand each other, they also become a beacon of hope for each other. They offer and share advice, counsel, encouragement and affection- borne of their own experience and determination. They are comrades, medical advisors, listeners, and most importantly, friends. A voice for each other, an inspiration for each other. This enables us all to feel strong enough to fight the grave impact of this menace- medical, social and legal. And so, we often call our survivors, fighters.

Our fighters work in collaboration with our diligent and enthusiastic team of campaigners, artists, doctors, lawyers, journalists and other eminent members of civil society. Their dedicated service enables us to research and track acid attack cases and compile data to assess the extent of this menace, and the situation of survivors all around the country. Apart from outreach, we also engage with socio-political institutions and seek to fight for policy change. Our goal is to work tirelessly towards elimination of acid and other forms of burn violence and protection of survivors' rights. One of the resounding successes we have achieved is the Supreme Court judgement in July 2013, regulating the wholesale of acid. The regulation came about as a result of many years of campaign and a petition filed by Laxmi, one of our brave fighters. We mark it as great encouragement that Shaheen, another valiant soldier who lost an eye to acid attack, has re opened her legal case four years after the attack. Nasreen, who was forced into silence, fearing the safety of her two young daughters, has taken to puppetry to share her story far and wide. Sapna devotes much time and energy to the activities at Chhanv, aiming to become a full time campaigner herself.

While we actively campaign and dialogue with the political and legal system, we believe, that society will be the very bedrock of change. You, us, and everyone we know. The government, the police and other socio-political systems are reflections of us. And we must have a hand in how effective they can be. Using the visual medium, and engaging with our supporters world wide through social media and the internet, we aim to sensitise and educate people about the gruesome nature of this crime, and the oppressive nature of a gender-biased society.

Our challenges are numerous, and the road ahead is long and tough. But we believe a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single firm step. And enabled by your support, we will go a long way.