After 25 years since being attacked by acid as a child, Neetu whose vision was heavily compromised was finally able on Monday to see big objects and shapes. Neetu had undergone this surgery last week at Shankar Netralaya in Chennai. It was found after her surgery that she also has a cataract which is expected to be treated this Wednesday, as informed by Chaanv Foundation, the NGO which runs the campaign called ‘Stop Acid Attacks’ and has facilitated the crowd funding for this treatment. After this procedure it is hoped that she will be able to read and write among other things, “a dream come true for her”.
Neetu is one of many acid attack survivors who have suffered various injuries due to acid attacks committed against them in the past, many of whose vision have been impaired to various degrees as a result. With the help of ‘Stop Acid Attack Campaign’ and Chaanv Foundation’s novel and now internationally popular initiative of cafes run by acid attack survivors in Agra, Lucknow and Udaipur called ‘Sheroes Hangout’, these women have not only been able to take back control of their lives but with the help of ongoing fundraiser campaigns such as this one have given themselves hopes for corrective surgeries and treatments to enable them to regain some of the anatomical functions, cruelly snatched away due to these attacks.
Another survivor named Rani when last visited Dr. LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad, received news that there were 60 to 70% chances of her recovering her vision. But due to paucity of funds, she could not undergo this treatment. In a subsequent check up at Shankar Netralaya the chances of recovery drastically went down to 20 to 30%. As per a statement from the hospital uploaded on the fundraiser website Ketto.org this surgery would cost more than Rs 60,000, any delay in which could cost her all chances to regain any vision.
Most women who have been attacked with acid have suffered injuries to their eyes and the ongoing fundraising campaign is trying to raise Rs 7 lacs in about a month to help get these women required assessments, treatments and surgeries. Apart from the campaign underway on Ketto.org, another fundraising campaign is running simultaneously on Generosity.com.
Apart from the surgeries, the expenses also include those for travelling, accommodation and other essential requirements in Chennai where these women are undergoing treatment. After the treatment the rehabilitation will also require them to spend time there, the costs for which will have to be borne by them. Below are listed the links for the online fundraising campaigns for those who are interested in making contributions.