He watched as a speaker introduced Aarti Thakur. She was dressed casually, wearing black jeans and a pink-colored top, and had a large scar on her neck.
Thakur was speaking about how — in January 2012 — a man threw acid on her while she waited for a train in Mumbai, India’s largest city.
It was the third time she’d been attacked in under two months, by men she says were hired after she rejected a marriage proposal.
An acid attack survivor himself, Pingale said listening to Thakur was a revelation. Her voice was clear and loud and strong. As she spoke he thought: “That’s it, that’s what I want in a life partner.”
In 2013, India increased the penalty for throwing acid on a person to 10 years in prison, and limited the sale of certain over-the-counter acids.
But experts say attacks continue. “We haven’t seen a deduction in incidents,” …