In the last decade, statistics in India are showing an increasing incidence of acid attacks, especially targeted at women. The total unofficial number of cases estimated for the past year are 4800. There is a lack of understanding of the complex aftermaths of trauma that a women faces – which goes beyond the physical pain caused. There is limited medical expertise in providing plastic & reconstructive surgeries which may carry on for years depending on the extent of damage caused to the body. There is even less focus on providing psycho-socio care, which is as important as medical treatment.
Over the past 3 years, AANCHAL has treated eight women who have been subjected to acid attacks. They have undergone 25 procedures including surgeries and laser treatments. In addition to this, they have also been provided with psychological counsel and ongoing consultations. Their treatment still continues.