Slum kids join ‘stop acid attacks’ campaign
Agra: Slum children have come forward to lend their support to acid attack survivors in their campaign against the social menace. A group of 50 kids, living in the slums of Khelgaon area, have been conducting street plays (nukad nataks) across the city and garnering people’s support to ban the sale of acid in open markets.
As a part of the initiative, the kids are also being trained to be “eyes and ears” of the campaigners and inform them about the sale of acid in different parts of the the city. Gopal Kumar, a 12-year-old student of Class V, said, “I feel proud to be a part of the campaign. My friends and I go to nearby areas and see where acid is being sold and then report it to our teachers.”
This campaign is the latest initiative by the NGO, ‘Stop Acid Attacks’, which has been fighting for the cause for quite some time. This NGO also started the ‘Sheroes Hangout’ cafe in collaboration with a group of survivors.
Ketan Dixit, the NGO spokesperson, said, “We are going to launch a campaign where our volunteers will conduct sting operations on acid sale in the open market and submit video clips to the Agra administration for further action.”
Dixit said they have collaborated with an Aligarh-based art school which is training these kids who belong to the marginal section of the society. “They are not only becoming aware of this social menace, but are also acting as messengers in their localities,” he added.
In the next phase, singers from the slum areas will be roped in for the campaign.