Mumbai, March 6: The acid attackers should be punished with stringent actions as no punishment equals their act which will put justice on the victim’s soul. But the victims of acid attack are way more courageous than those cowards who walked the ramp on Sunday for 'Confidence Walk by Acid Victors and Celebrities' function.In order to propose stringent punishment for acid attack convicts, the Maharashtra women commission along with NGO Divyaj Foundation organised a confidence walk- Saksham. Wife of Chief Minister, Amruta Fadnavis along with 16 acid attack survivors walked the ramp with many other celebrities and models at the National Sports Club of India, Worli.
The state government announced an increase in compensation for acid attack victims in the state from Rs.3 Lakh to Rs.5 Lakh, during the event. The CM said that “"I congratulate all dignitaries for their support to acid attack victors. The state will bring stringent rules to ensure the perpetrators of heinous crime are not easily let off.”
During the rampwalk event Maharashtra CM offered job letters to the victims of acid attack in order to secure them and lead a confident life.
Vijaya Rahatkat, chairperson of the commission, said, “Currently, the convict is sent to jail for a maximum period of 10 years. As this offence is bailable in certain situations, the punishment does not act as a sufficient deterrent in most cases. Often, the accused are let off on bail. In many cases, these attackers threaten to kill the victims who are then forced to withdraw the case. Hence, we want to ensure that the accused should not be given bail. We think lives of these girls are almost ruined due to the acid attack, a jail sentence of maximum 10 years does not see sufficient for this crime. We plan to propose rigorous imprisonment of more than 10 years,” she said.