Central Delhi witnesses freeze mob for a cause
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To create awareness about the troubled life of acid attack victims, a freeze mob today gathered at a busy Central Delhi to sensitise people about the social ill.
Around 150 people, including one acid attack survivor, gathered near the busy Palika Bazar area to stand still for six minutes, Sakshi Kumar, one of the organiser said here.
A freeze mob is a demonstration where people are usually contacted through social media. These people gather and stand still (popularly called 'freeze') for a few minutes at a public area.
Organised by a student group, called 'Students Against Acid Attack' which was started two months ago on a social networking site, the event was planned online and asked people to come today at the venue with a yellow band and black sunglasses.
"We asked people to come wearing black sunglasses which symbolises permanent blindness that acid attack suffers and yellow ribbons on one arm which depicts fire which burns the hearts and minds of the girls after such attacks," Kumar said.
The idea behind organising a freeze mob is to empathise with the young girls whose lives are scarred forever after acid attacks, she added.
The organiser say that they want to raise awareness about the increasing number of acid attacks and the trauma that victims have to suffer. "We want to start a conversation to make stringent laws to deal with acid attacks," Tamnna Sharma, one of the organiser, said.
Archana Kumari, an acid attack survivor, also attended the event. She is blind in one eye, partially deaf following an attack four year ago.
"I am very happy that such an event has been organised. People are trying to create awareness about this issue and I am very thankful to all those who are trying to help," she said.
45-year old Ranjana, a home-maker, came with her children to take part in the event.