Justice for SONALI MUKHERJEE

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Give me justice or let me die:THIS IS THE Desperate plea of acid attack victim who was left blind and deaf by the three men who had 'sexually abused her'

Sonali Mukherjee was permanently disfigured by the horrific attack at just 17.Her three assailants had allegedly been sexually abusing her for years.Her family have spent all their savings on treating her scarred skin.Youths imprisoned have been released on bail.The 27-year-old is begging ministers to help her.Plastic surgeon in New Delhi has offered her free treatment.The victim of a sick acid attack that left her blind and deaf has pleaded with the Indian authorities to help her find justice, or else allow her to die.Sonali Mukherjee's face was disfigured forever in 2003, when she was just 17 years old, by intruders who broke into her home in Dhanbad, Jharkhand.Her assailants, who had allegedly been sexually abusing her for years, poured the acid over her while she was sleeping.Horrific violence: Sonali Mukherjee as an NCC cadet at 17, left, and now, nine years after the acid attack, right.Nine years later, after having received no money or assistance from the state, the desperate woman says that if the government will not help her then she may decide to end her life.She is blind in both eyes and has no right ear, her treatment is taking its toll on her family's limited finances - and her attackers are out on bail.

Describing the events of April 22, 2003, Miss Mukherjee said: "I woke up feeling strange. within a few seconds it felt like my whole body was on fire. I kept screaming in pain till i passed out."
Unable to take much more, she recently approached the minister for women and child development Krishna Tirath while in New Delhi for treatment.
"All these years, I have been living only on assurances. If government cannot help me then it should allow me to kill myself.", she said.
"I was an NCC cadet, but i had to quit after the attack. NCC had given me the courage to fight all odds & that's how I have survived till today. But i m tired now."
Her treatment - 22 operations and several consultations - has already run into hundreds of thousands of rupees.
Her family was forced to sell ancestral land, her mother's jewellery and is practically penniless. The operations have only helped give her disfigured face some shape.
"I need atleast 1 to 1.5million rupees to look even remotely human & have my eyesight restored.", she said.
She described approaching the government as a last resort. " I have knocked on all the doors. i have met three chief ministers (sibhu soren, arjun munda, madhu koda) & three MLAs. Let alone justice, I haven't recieved any monetary help from the state."
Although Ms Tirath has previously expressed her intention to help victims of acid attacks, nothing has happened for Miss Mukherjee yet.
The minister has roped in the ministries of law and of home affairs to amend the Indian Penal Code to either include a separate section on acid attacks or equate the gravity of the crime to rape.
Her ministry is also keen on curbing over-the-counter sale of concentrated acid in the market.
After Miss Mukherjee met Ms Tirath on July 9, the latter wrote to the prime minister seeking financial help from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
Until then, the 27-year-old and her father are condemned to shuttle back and forth between Jharkhand and the capital, where she is being treated at Safdarjung hospital.

"We appealed in the high court... Nothing happened. They were sent to jail but were released soon after. Now they are busy enjoying their lives. The law against acid attackers needs to be made tougher. Otherwise we will have many more Sonalis. "
- CHANDI DAS MUKHERJEE, FATHER

Her saviour may now have come in the form of plastic surgeon Anant Sinha, however, who stepped forward to offer free medical treatment at his hospital for Miss Mukherjee, according to India Today.
'I can understand the plight of the victim but she need not worry,' said Dr Sinha. 'I will treat her free of cost at my hospital and if needed even give her a job at my hospital for sustenance.'
Miss Mukherjee was allegedly sexually abused for years by three youths living nearby before the acid attack.
She was studying sociology honours in a Dhanbad women's college and also juggling a job with a private firm when the horrific incident occurred.

Miss Mukherjee and her family were then forced to abandon their home in Dhanbad, and her mother slipped into depression.
Her father Chandi Das Mukherjee said, 'We appealed in the high court... Nothing happened. They were sent to jail but were released soon after... Now they are busy enjoying their lives.'
'The law against acid attackers needs to be made tougher. Otherwise we will have many more Sonalis.'
Police sources said that the victim and her family members are afraid since two of her attackers, Tapas Mitra and Sanjay Paswan, were released on bail six years ago.
The third accused Brahmadev Hajra was let off as he was a juvenile at the time of crime.

"Main bahut himmatwali thi", she says looking at you with eyes reduced to unseeing opaque white mottled orbs and her once-pretty face a mass of melted flesh. But acid attack victim Sonali Mukherjee is still a fighter, as she battles all odds for justice.

She was fast asleep on the terrace of her house in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, on the night of April 22, 2003, when she felt the burning liquid splashed on her - melting away the flesh on her face, neck, the right part of her chest and lower torso... That horrific acid attack on Mukherjee when she was barely 18 also ended her dreams of a beautiful future.

"Meri zindagi khatam ho jayegi, pata nahi tha",Mukherjee told IANS.

Sonali Mukherjee (26), a victim of acid attack in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district has finally received an offer of help from a city-based doctor.
Sonali recently approached the media in her quest for justice, due to the government's apathy and constant threat from the accused for the past nine years.
Her situation had reached such a point that Sonali collapsed in front of the cameras begging for death if the government could do nothing to help her.
Plastic surgeon Anant Sinha has come forward to provide free medical treatment at his hospital to Mukherjee.

After seeking justice and help from the government for over nine years to no avail, Sonali recently approached Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath.
The ministry forwarded her request seeking assistance from the Prime Minister's relief fund. However, nothing happened after that.
During her nine-year ordeal, she met the three chief ministers - Shibu Soren, Arjun Munda and Madhu Koda - but did not recieve any help from the state government.
Sonali was allegedly sexually abused for years by three youths when she was in her teens. Finally, when she refused to give in to their demands, they attacked her with acid. The incident left her completely blind and partially deaf.
Since 2003, Sonali and her father kept visiting hospitals for treatment and running from pillar to post seeking justice. In this process they have spent their entire savings and also sold their ancestral land.
Mukherjee was studying sociology honours in a Dhanbad women's college and also juggling a job with a private firm. She was part of the National Cadet Corps when she was drenched with acid by three of her neighbours on April 22, 2003.
Sonali, whose face was completely disfigured after the attack, needs at least Rs.12-15 lakh for medical treatment, which her family can't afford. Nine years of medical treatment has left her family with no money.
Mukherjee and her family abandoned their home in Dhanbad. Her grandfather died of shock while her mother slipped into depression.
Police sources said that the victim and her family members are afraid since two of her attackers, Tapas Mitra and Sanjay Paswan, were released on bail six years ago.

"The Merciless Act"
Sexually harassed Sonali Mukherjee of Dhanbad, Jharkhand had the guts to lodge complaints about her offenders, Tapas Mitra, Sanjay Paswan, and Bhrahmadev Hajra, her neighbors, only to meet a merciless tragedy--on April 22, 2003, Sonali was severely injured in an acid attack by the assailants that left her with a burnt face, burnt body, blind and partially deaf. She was just 17-years-old then. The accused were immediately taken into custody, but were released on bail in 2006. She and her father approached the high court, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, MPs and various other authorities for justice, but no one listened. Since then, the accused are roaming scot-free. For 9-years she has been fighting a case against them and requesting the authorites to cancle their bail, but with no success in her favor. She has been in extreme pain since the incident, and doesn't have the capacity to withhold it anymore - neither the money nor the hope. Therefore, today, she demands either justice and help in treatment or permission to end her life.

To:The Honourable
President of INDIA

sir,
We th undersigned people request to look into this case of sonali mukherjee.she has not only suffered injustice, she has been denied justice as well. it has been more than 9years now but nothing has happened in her favour.i hope if you look into this case & try to do even a bit then we may have justice. we really need you to support us & look into this case for justice to sonali. if even you cant get justice to us then we believe there is no government body that will be able to do it ever. now its upto you.
hope you will look into this case , giving some of yourprecious time.

thank you.

Sincerely,
citizens of INDIA.

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