New Delhi’s Connaught Place is one of the sought after commercial areas, which is full of bars, cafes and stores. Among all of this, you can there find a woman sitting at Block B who is a victim of the acid attack. For past many years, she has been sitting there but doesn’t beg. She prefers talking to passersby who show a little interest and takes whatever one offers to her.
As Raksha Bandhan is around the corner, Ritu Roy along with her sister ties Rakhi to everyone who comes and talks to her or offers her something. After the attack, her palms got disfigured as it melted her skin and bones. Undeterred, she still ties Rakhi around people’s wrist.
She was 19-year-old when a man poured acid on her face as she refused his sexual advances. Now, 30 and widow the face she was born with is now a history. The attack has left her almost visually and physically impaired person. She also applied for few jobs but was rejected as they did not want to employ a person with a disfigured face.
There was a time when she too had a happy family but the acid attack incident changed her life. Now, she sits at Connaught Place through out the day with her sister and her children who sell bracelets to make both ends meet.
After the attack, a doctor treated her for some time but one day she asked her driver to drop Ritu at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Since that day, Ritu has never seen that doctor.
As per the research report, the highest number of acid attacks are registered in India. With as many as 185 cases, Uttar Pradesh topped the list till November 2014. Followed by Madhya Pradesh with 53 cases. Delhi registered 27 acid attack cases.