Sonali Mukherjee  is a girl from Dhanbad, India whose face was permanently disfigured by a gruesome acid attack in 2003 when she was just 18. The 27-year-old’s plight drew global attention when she appealed for euthanasia. She lost her eye sight after the acid attack. Her family has spent all their savings on her treatment and is now practically living in penury.

What was the incident??

Almost one and half months prior to the incident, three alleged assailants namely Tapas Mitra, whose marriage proposal she turned down,along with his two friends Sanjay Paswan and Bhrahmadev Hajra told her that she was a “Ghamandi” (arrogant) person and they would teach her a lesson. Her father, after listening to this incident from her, complained to the families of the three men. Afterwards, on the night of
22 April when she was asleep on the roof of her house in Dhanbad, she was attacked with acid and left with a burnt face and other severe  injuries. Her sister also got injured in this incident.

Current Situation;

The perpetrators were sentenced to nine years of Jail but were granted bail when they appealed to High Court.The accused are roaming scot-free now. After 22 surgeries Sonali can now hear and talk after four years.She is now practically living in penury.

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