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Did you know that 35% of all acid attack victims are men, surprises you? Some of you might not even have heard of acid attacks on males in India because we have always believed it's a crime against women but the truth is actually worse. As in the case of women, soured relationships seem to be the most common reason for acid attacks on men. For instance, last year, a 26-year-old woman in Bengaluru threw acid on the face of her boyfriend for refusing to marry her. Sour relationships, professional jealousy, land disputes, business rivalry are the other reasons it happens.
Surprising, isn't it?
Acid attacks are way worse than what they really look like, they intensely sabotage a person's life in different ways other than the skin. Survivors end up spending hands over fist on their treatment. Most hospitals are ill-equipped to deal with acid injuries to the eyes and ears. "In Delhi, only Safdarjung has a dedicated centre for burn injuries so naturally, it is overcrowded. Most private hospitals take decisions based on the injury and facilities they have," says Dr Manoj K Johar, Director, Department of plastic surgery at Max Healthcare.
"I could feel something warm on my face, on the left side. Then my eyes started to burn," recalls Neeraj Chauhan, a resident of East Delhi. The incident occurred eight years ago, but Chauhan remembers every detail because he has narrated the incident several times in courts.
"I ran outside as it did not sound like just another neighbourhood scuffle. I saw my brother arguing with our neighbour and naturally came to his rescue. I asked him to go inside and within a second, the neighbour fetched a bucket full of acid and with a mug, started to throw it on us."
Mishra, a Meerut resident, was attacked with a bucket full of acid by his landlord's son, whom he allegedly prevented from molesting a woman a day before. After the skirmish, the accused had threatened Mishra: "Muh dikhane layak nahi rahoge." He suffered nearly 40 per cent burns with his head, face and hands worst affected.
Delhi's youngest acid-attack survivor, Aditya was two and a half year old when he was attacked. He was kidnapped by his mother's lover. The police found him the next morning with burnt skin, which had almost turned black.
All scorned lovers are not men, all victims are not always women.