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Acid attack survivor seeks help from public at Gomati district


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, February 10: A woman who survived a brutal acid attack by her husband has appealed to the public for help after being denied medical assistance by the Chief Minister of the state. The woman, identified as Reena Begum alias Ayesha, said she was left with severe burns and injuries on her face and body, and needs surgery to recover.

Ayesha, who is the daughter of Abdul Majeed, a resident of Udaipur Khilpara, married Anwar Hossain, a resident of Bagabasa village in Bagma, nine years back. They have two children, a daughter and a son. According to Ayesha, Anwar was addicted to drugs and alcohol, and often demanded money from her to buy them. When she refused to give him money, he became violent and threw acid on her from a drum that was kept in the house. The incident happened five to six months ago, and Ayesha was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

However, Ayesha said she did not receive any justice or support from the authorities. She said she filed a complaint with the police, but no action was taken against her husband. She also said she approached several MLAs and ministers for medical help, but they turned her away. She said she even went to the official residence of the Chief Minister, Dr. Manik Saha, but he did not pay any heed to her plight. She said she felt humiliated and abandoned by the government, which claims to be a “double-engine” of development and welfare.

Ayesha said she decided to seek help from the media and the public, as she wants to live for her children. She said she hopes that someone will come forward and help her get the treatment she needs. She also urged the government to take action against her husband and provide her with compensation and protection. She said she wants to raise awareness about the issue of acid attacks, which are a heinous crime against women. She said the society should not tolerate such atrocities, and the government should not ignore the victims.

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