Help the human; Provide help or allow me to die, says Sonali in “The Hindu” news: The Human Rescue Team

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Provide help or allow me to die, says Sonali

Bindu Shajan Perappadan

  • Sonali Mukherjee, before and after the acid attack.— Photo: 
V.V. Krishnan
    Sonali Mukherjee, before and after the acid attack.— Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Nine years after acid attack she still receives death threats

Nine years after an acid attack left Sonali Mukherjee blind in both eyes, partially deaf and melted away the skin on her skull, neck, chest and back, the 27-year-old is running penniless from pillar to post in Delhi seeking help from the government or permission for euthanasia.

From Dhanbad, where she was drenched with acid by three of her neighbours after being subjected to years of sexual harassment, Ms. Mukherjee and her family have been forced to abandon their home after she started receiving threat calls from the attackers following their release from jail.

“The darkness of the night of April 2   refuses to leave our lives. Before the attack I was harassed and followed around for nearly two and a half years. Scared and frustrated I complained to my father, who was a watchman at a mill. My father requested the boys to leave me alone, but to no avail. One night it came in the ugliest form – acid. My younger sister was also injured in the attack but escaped major injuries,”’ she says.

Ms. Mukherjee has approached the Ministry of Women and Child Development for financial help, who in turn have forwarded her request to grant her help from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Meanwhile, Ms. Mukherjee and her father, now without a steady source of income, are shuttling between Jharkhand and Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital for treatment. “I am alive and moving around because of the doctors at Safdarjung Hospital. But I lost my grandfather who went into shock after the attack, while my mother slipped into depression. The worst, however, are the continuing death threats that we are receiving from the attackers. They have now threatened to attack my sister and brother and kill my parents. We have been running like fugitives to escape them.”

Her last hope, she says, is government intervention: “If it doesn’t come through, I request permission to die.’’

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