New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Children's Rights has taken cognisance of the plight of a 14-year-old girl who was a victim of acid attack in Harihans village in Bihar's Siwan district.

Condemning acid attack as a "heinous crime" which takes away the right of a person to live life with dignity, the NCPCR has asked the Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, to release immediate financial assistance for the continuing treatment of the child, a press release issued in New Delhi on Wednesday said.

The victim, who is a daughter of a daily wage earner and an Anganwadi helper, was cycling to her tuition classes on September 26 at 5:30 am when four men threw acid on her face
and body, the release stated.

The accused have been arrested. The girl is currently undergoing treatment in the Burns ward of Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. She was first treated at District Sardar Hospital, Siwan, from where she was moved to Apollo Burn Hospital in Patna.

The NCPCR had sent a team to visit the child at Safdarjang Hospital and found the child and her family were devastated physically, mentally and emotionally, it said.

The girl's medical report revealed that she suffered complete loss of vision in her left eye and has chemical burns on her face, neck, left should, arm back and on her legs, the NCPCR release stated.

Several units of whole blood has been transfused, it said. Condemning acid attacks, the NCPCR release stated, "The victim is known to be subjected to hostile behaviour, is not welcomed at public places and receives stares from the public because of disfigurement, while the culprits get away with a fine or small sentence of imprisonment".

"While several states have allocated some funds towards compensating acid victims, there is no legislation in this regard which would make it mandatory for the state to step in to provide assistance to the victim for long term medical treatment and ensure that she regains a fairly good quality of life," it said.

NCPCR has asked the Principal Secretary to release funds expeditiously for the child's treatment.


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