The riots that broke out in northeast Delhi were the worst nightmare for many. They revived the age-old tensions between the two largest communities in India. The riots left many families devastated or distressed.
One of them was Narendra‘s.
Narendra used to run a cart where he sold momos. On the day of the attack, he parked his cart at his usual spot, knowing nothing of what was in store.
When violence was unleashed on the streets around him, Narendra felt the unrest. He decided to leave the place and go home. However, he could not rush as he needed to take the cart along with him – his only means of earning.
On the way, someone splashed a liquid at him. That liquid soon trickled down his face and reached his hands. Soon, it started burning. Narendra says he felt as if someone was burning him alive.
His skin turned red. It started showing patches of burns. He rushed to his house, screaming in pain. Narendra realized it was no harmless liquid. It was acid, or an acid-like liquid. Memories of that day still give him nightmares.
We learnt about Narendra during out riot-rehab drive in the area soon after the violence ended. Being a poor vendor, he had faced much more than just burns. The acid attack meant that he could not sell momos for weeks to come.
We helped him with an immediate relief fund so he could get his medication done and other needs fulfilled.
We at Sewa Nyaya Utthan are working towards creating a better society, where hatred has no place to survive. We cannot change the mindset of anti-social elements overnight, but we can work to ease the pain of those who fall victim to hate.
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