Set off warning: Mentions of acid assault, violence in opposition to girls
In Charles Darwin’s concept of evolution, he spoke about ‘Survival of the fittest’. He implied that solely the strongest would survive. One one who embodies this concept is Dr Mahalakshmi YN from Mysuru. An acid assault survivor, she believes in giving again to society as a health care provider.
What’s particular about this physician’s life is that she helps the identical society that didn’t come to her assist when she wanted it essentially the most.
On 11 January 2001, a 26-year-old Dr Mahalakshmi was headed residence from her clinic, when a person, whose advances she had spurned, threw acid on her.
“As I lay down on the street, crying, in plenty of ache, no one got here to assist me. Individuals locked themselves of their homes. No person gave me water. Nevertheless, as I used to be recovering, I made a decision that I ought to do one thing for this society. I might not deal with them like how they handled me,” says Dr Mahalakshmi.
The one who attacked her was the owner who she had rented her clinic from. He would observe her and misbehave. The physician then filed a police grievance in opposition to him, and when she refused to withdraw the grievance, he attacked her.
Acid assaults are one of the crucial devastating types of social injustices on a girl. It causes disfigurement and incapacity. One wants plenty of braveness and consistency to return out of it.– Dr Mahalakshmi
With the assistance and help of her mother and father and two sisters, she says she was in a position to get better. She waged a protracted authorized battle in opposition to her harasser who was convicted by the Karnataka Excessive Court docket in 2012 and sentenced to a few years imprisonment.
“In 2001, the legal guidelines weren’t so stringent. Later, the regulation was amended to provide a minimal of ten years of rigorous imprisonment to acid attackers. I’m glad that the regulation has been modified and the judiciary helps acid assault victims,” provides the physician.
‘Essential to coach girls’
After spending a yr in restoration and over 25 reconstructive surgical procedures, the physician has been working as a medical officer with the Karnataka Authorities Well being and Household Companies on the Agrahara Previous Major Well being Centre (PHC) in Mysuru for over twenty years.
She says that for a girl to return out of this, one wants schooling, persistence, a powerful help system, constant therapy, and willpower.
“When one goes by way of it, it’s completely heart-wrenching. I might simply lay in mattress for over a yr, pondering of what to do. When one turns into disabled of their 20s, it’s very tough to simply accept. Your complete life goes for a toss, in that one second. It’s important to be mentally very sturdy, because the restoration course of is laborious. It doesn’t occur in a single day, or over a fortnight. It’s important to be constant together with your therapy. Reconstructive surgical procedure can’t be carried out in a single sitting, as acid is a harmful, toxic chemical,” provides the survivor.
She additionally provides that one must be occupied to return out of it, and one of the best ways for that, in keeping with her, is to have an schooling. Her MBBS from Mysore Medical Faculty helped her.
“Training is necessary for a girl to face society with willpower and braveness when such a heinous assault takes place. I used to be in a position to come out of it as I began therapeutic individuals. I really feel glad that I can relieve any person’s ache. It lets me sleep peacefully at evening,” provides the physician.
A help system can be integral.
“My mother and father and sisters had been my rock. My father is an advocate and my mom was my biggest supply of inspiration. They helped me face this tough state of affairs. I used to be in a position to bear the trauma and agony due to them,” says Dr Mahalakshmi.
As we speak, this physician sees a minimum of 60-80 sufferers every day and gives to counsel them over and above the bodily check-ups. “We see all types of individuals on the hospital. Most girls have home points. I consider their private points too and provides them braveness. Being mentally match is essential. I might name an individual wholesome provided that their psychological and bodily state is all proper,” says the physician.
For acid assault survivors, Dr Mahalaxmi has one sturdy message — “Don’t let your incapacity or disfigurement be a hindrance to going through society”. Whereas the 4 pillars of democracy are aiding acid assault survivors, it’s now society’s flip to alter.
“Our society wants to alter. Why ought to an acid assault survivor sit inside 4 partitions? Shouldn’t the attacker be ashamed? Acid assaults normally occur as a result of the attacker desires to destroy the fantastic thing about a girl. Magnificence is not only outer look, it lies within the goodness of our hearts. I’ve taken it upon myself to deliver consciousness about this and cease social injustice for ladies,” says Dr Mahalakshmi.
She additionally runs a telegram group referred to as ‘Ladies Empowerment’.
You may contact Dr Mahalakshmi on Whatsapp on +91-9019574358 in the event you want counselling or assist.
Edited by Yoshita Rao, Pictures Courtesy Dr Mahalakshmi