In a move that will benefit several acid attack survivors, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has announced that it will be providing free medical treatment to acid attack victims. The free medical treatment will be provided at AMU’s JN Medical College. Moreover, the university has also decided that it will bear all the costs related to food and stay of patients. The university will also give medical certificates to acid attack victims. These certificates will certify that the individual is an acid attack survivor, which can be used to claim compensation and other benefits from the government.
The announcement was made after discussions with Chaav Foundation. The foundation is an NGO that operates the Sheroes hangout in Agra. The foundation had requested AMU to provide the necessary help and assistance to acid attack survivors. Speaking on the occasion, founding director of Chaav Foundation Alok Dixit said, “We have made an appeal to the AMU administration giving reference of the Supreme Court’s order in this regard. Now, acid attack survivors from Agra, Mathura and nearby districts will not be required to go to Delhi and Chennai for treatment. The certificate provided by the medical college will also be quite helpful in getting the compensation.”