On 21/10/2012, four men threw acid on Chanchal Paswan, 19 and her sister, 15 while they were asleep on their terrace. The attack was a direct result of Chanchal’s opposition to continuous sexual harassment by the men. The below video report by Video Volunteers Community Correspondent and women’s rights activist, Varsha Jawalgekar showsChanchal and her family talking about the incident. They want their appeal for justice to go public.
Anil, Ghanshyam, Baadal and Raj had been harassing Chanchal and her family for a long time. They would follow her on the streets, in auto-rickshaws, would pass vulgar comments and sexually harass her. When she refused to give in to their demands, they threw acid on her. The Paswan family have demanded fair compensation, a proper investigation and a speedy trial.
This is essential in light of the fact that after the Justice Verma Committee report and the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, the Chief Justice of India has asked for stricter laws against women atrocities. The video report by Video Volunteers Community Correspondent and women’s rights activist, Varsha Jawalgekar was used to launch an online petition in partnership with Change.org (DM Patna: ensure justice for Chanchal Paswan). The petition has received more than 28000 signatures from all over the world. Chanchal wishes to fight for justice and Video Volunteers along with local advocacy groups like Parivarthan Jan Andolan, Parivarthan Kendra and Change.org, amongst others will stand by her.
Many have offered various forms of support to Chanchal’s family. But more needs to be done. It is with this in mind that we are trying to mobilise more resources for Chanchal her sister and her family. We hope you will join us in doing so.