Help protect Nepali women from acid attacks

June 13, 2017 | Donor Direct Action

Sangita Magar's mother feeds her during her hospital stay following an acid attack
Sangita Magar’s mother feeds her during her hospital stay following her attack.

Sangita Magar and her friend were standing in their school classroom in Nepal when a man broke in and threw acid in their faces. It caused extensive burns and unless she gets urgent medical attention Sangita may lose her sight.

The attacker, Jiwan BK, had been a tenant in Sangita’s home, where he is said to have become infatuated with her. After she rejected his advances he decided to punish her. The high profile case sent shock waves throughout Nepal.

Support FWLD, in its continuing efforts to build momentum until every woman and girl in Nepal is effectively protected from the horrific crime of acid burning.

Two years later, Sangita has just won a Supreme Court judgment thanks to the Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), which brought the case on her behalf. The government will hopefully now close a loophole, which had previously denied compensation to acid attack or burn victims in certain cases and had allowed husbands who committed these crimes to benefit from reduced sentences.

This is a landmark judgment, but more needs to be done. You can have a direct impact by making a donation (a recurring donation if you can) to support our partner, FWLD, in its continuing efforts to build momentum until every woman and girl in Nepal is effectively protected from the horrific crime of acid burning, and all other forms of gender-based violence and discrimination

Even a small contribution will make a big difference!

 

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Neuwirth
Director

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