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Indian media: Hailing acid attack activist Laxmi

July 19, 2013

From the BBC

Laxmi had filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking harsher punishment for those who use acid to attack women

Laxmi had filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking harsher punishment for those who use acid to attack women

Media in India are praising activist Laxmi as a “crusader for change” for her fight to bring a tougher law to curb acid attacks on women.

In 2006, she was 15 when a man splashed acid on her face because she spurned his advances.

She suffered terrible disfigurements but refused to give up, and filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking tougher regulation of acid sales and harsher punishment for attackers.

“Tomorrow is going to be beautiful,” she said on Thursday after the court ordered the government to make acid attacks a “non-bailable offence” and also regulate its sales.

“It has been a seven-year-long struggle for her. At an age when most teenagers juggled school and co-curricular activities, Ms Laxmi was forced to stay indoors, with doctors and hospitals taking up all her time,” says The Times of India.

“It is because of the efforts of Laxmi that the plight and struggle of acid victim has come to the fore,” says the Daily Bhaskar website.

Meanwhile, newspapers have urged the government to think “out of the box” to ensure better delivery of free Mid-Day meals at state-run schools after 23 students died from eating a contaminated lunch in the eastern state of Bihar.

The Mid-Day meal scheme was started to provide free food for millions of students to combat hunger and boost school attendance, but it often suffers poor hygiene.

The Times of India says the government needs to “follow up the inquiry it has announced into the tragedy with stringent punishment for all those responsible, sending the signal that there are consequences for apathy and neglect.” Read the rest in the BBC.

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