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Freeze mob in Delhi for acid attack victims

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Last Updated: January 11, 2013, 22:00 IST

Freeze mob in Delhi for acid attack victims

To create awareness about the troubled lives of acid attack victims, a freeze mob gathered in central Delhi to sensitise people about the social evil.

New Delhi: To create awareness about the troubled lives of acid attack victims, a freeze mob on Friday gathered at a busy Central Delhi to sensitise people about the social evil. Around 150 people, including one acid attack survivor, gathered near the busy Palika Bazar area to stand still for six minutes, Sakshi Kumar, one of the organiser said here.

A freeze mob is a demonstration where people are usually contacted through social media. These people gather and stand still (popularly called 'freeze') for a few minutes at a public area.

Organised by a student group, called 'Students Against Acid Attack' which was started two months ago on a social networking site, the event was planned online and asked people to come on Friday at the venue with a yellow band and black sunglasses.

"We asked people to come wearing black sunglasses which symbolises permanent blindness that acid attack suffers and yellow ribbons on one arm which depicts fire which burns the hearts and minds of the girls after such attacks," Kumar said. The idea behind organising a freeze mob is to empathise with the young girls whose lives are scarred forever after acid attacks, she added.

The organiser say that they want to raise awareness about the increasing number of acid attacks and the trauma that victims have to suffer. "We want to start a conversation to make stringent laws to deal with acid attacks," Tamnna Sharma, one of the organiser, said.

Archana Kumari, an acid attack survivor, also attended the event. She is blind in one eye, partially deaf following an attack four year ago. "I am very happy that such an event has been organised. People are trying to create awareness about this issue and I am very thankful to all those who are trying to help," she said.

Forty five-year old Ranjana, a home-maker, came with her children to take part in the event. "I participated to empathise with the victims and their families. It is important for everyone to feel the pain and only if people understand this issue they will take it seriously and hence sensitise their own kids," she said.
first published:January 11, 2013, 22:00 IST
last updated:January 11, 2013, 22:00 IST