Healing touch: Sushma meets family of acid attack victim

Sushma Swaraj, acid attack, Varanasi

New York, April 18, 2016: Under fire for her attire during her Iran visit, the Foreign Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, today landed in Moscow for the RIC meet.

RIC (Russia, India, China) is an influential meeting of the foreign ministers of the three powers and holds much significance in the world politics.

But Sushma Swaraj’s visit also holds significance as she met the Varanasi acid attack victim’s family. The minister tweeted:

A nation’s support at a difficult time. With mother & sister of Darya Prokina – Varanasi acid attack victim.

 Darya Prokina was attacked in Varanasi by a man, Siddharth Srivastava, who was a student of Banaras Hindu University and was studying music. She was said to have been close to him as she was staying in his home as a tenant.
But when he proposed her, she refused. The man angry at the refusal attacked her causing injury to her eyes and hands. The man was later nabbed when he tried to see Darya in the hospital where his mother had rushed her to after hearing cries.
When the acid attack on Darya came to light Sushma Swaraj had tweeted India’s steps to help the victim:
Acid attack on Russian girl – A senior officer of MEA met the victim in hospital today. He also spoke to the Doctors attending on her.
Sushma Swaraj had also informed that the Indian Ambassador had also met the girl’s mother and had offered help and that the nation would bear  all expenses of her treatment in Russia.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh had also announced Rs. 5 Lakhs to help the victim.
Here are her tweets:
Sushma Swaraj, acid attack, Varanasi
But what is most significant is that despite several attack not much has been done to stop unregulated sale of acid which continues to destroy lives of men and women in the country.