It is very necessary to get a first aid as soon as possible. Otherwise in worst cases the acid penetrates to the bone which could be fatal for patient’s life.

1. The most important First Aid is to immediately wash affected body part of patient with plenty of fresh or saline water

2. Don’t rinse the burn area with dirty water as it can cause severe infection.

3. Keep flushing the affected burn area with plenty of cool water,(not very cold) until the patient’s burning sensation starts fading. It may take 30-45 minutes.

4. Remove all the jewelry or clothing which had contact with acid.

5. Don’t apply any kind of cream, ointment on the affected area as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors.

6. If possible, use sterilized gauze to loosely wrap the affected area. The gauze protects the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination.

7. Rush the patient to a burn specialty hospital having isolated wards for burn patients

Disclaimer: The First Aids mentioned here are based on experience of Pragya Singh. Treatment course may differ for different patients. Please refer a specialist for best possible treatment.


People see me with loathsome eyes,

Coz am no more beautiful with dreadful scars.

Am unable to explain my distressing feeling,

These scars have left me mourn deteriorating.


I was striving to fulfill my dreams,

Thought of touching the sky realms.

I wanted to become someone\'s special,

Who would be my companion in my entire struggle.


My all dreams got shattered,

Coz acid attack left me disfigured n scattered.

I wasn’t able to recognize myself,

Acid has given me shuddery makeover with horrendous face.


What was my mistake,

Saying no is what has given them this awful way.

They should be treated alike for this flagitious crime,

Which leave then all their life crying.


Acid has left scars on my soul also,

No one heard my screaming also.

I expect brutal punishment for those daemons,

No one should dare this act in future again.


India has 440 million children. That is more than the entire population of North America (USA, Mexico and Canada put together). Every fifth child in the world is Indian.


And what sort of life do these children have as they grow up? Well, they face some of the toughest challenges of anyone:

In 2007 the Indian Government published the results of one of the world\'s largest and most sophisticated studies on child abuse, carried out in conjunction with Unicef and Save the Children. This detailed research on over 12,000 children produced some shocking conclusions:

So this is some of the context from which so many children choose, or are forced, to leave their home or village and end up in a city like Delhi.

      •     Two thirds of children are victims of physical abuse. The majority are beaten in school, and over half have to work seven days a week.
      •     Over 50% have faced some kind of sexual abuse, and over 20% of them severe abuse.
      •     Half of children also face emotional abuse.

Every day five children die because of abuse and neglect. A Lot of NGOs in India are working together to reduce this count to ZERO.

Here are 10 ways to prevent Child Abuse & Neglect:

1)      Be a nurturing parent. Being a nurturing parent involves meeting basic physical needs as well as consistently seeking to meet your children’s emotional needs. Each child is different, as is each parent, so a nurturing relationship can take many forms. Check out these great tips for being a nurturing parent.

2)      Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Everyone sometimes feels stressed, overworked and out of patience, but these kinds of emotions, if left unabated, can lead to regrettable parenting decisions. If you notice that a parent you know seems to be having a rough time, that’s a great cue that they may need a little break. Even small gestures can mean a lot and relieve a stressful parent.Remember, just because a parent is stressed, doesn’t mean that they are abusing or neglecting their children. But a little help from a trusted friend may do a lot to help them be the parent they want to be.

3)      Help yourself and de-stress when necessary. If you find yourself being the one who is stressed out, then maybe it’s time to let a trusted friend or family member in to help on occasion. Sometimes a few good nights’ sleep away for the weekend is all it takes.

4)      When your baby cries, be patient. When a baby won’t stop crying, it can be frustrating, heartbreaking and even defeating. If you have a baby who is prone to long bouts of crying, take a look at these tips for calming an infant. Never shake a baby. Shaking a baby can result in severe injury and even death.

5)      Get involved. Tell other people about child abuse resources in your community and services of the leading NGOs.  Share resources like this blog and don’t shy away from speaking out against child abuse and neglect.

6)      Help develop parenting resources. Are you a parent who feels like they have wisdom and experiences to share? Contact your local library and offer to help them develop parenting resources.

7)      Monitor your child’s media intake. This includes things like television, YouTube videos, movies, social media activity, and even texting. Watching violent films and television shows can be harmful to a young child’s development and can be desensitizing to older children and teens.

8)      Promote programs in school. Help the schools in your community be the source of education about child abuse, not just math, English and science.

9)      Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program. Another way to get involved in the fight against child abuse is to volunteer your time. All NGOs are always on a lookout for volunteers. Check out the volunteer options on our website.

10)   Report suspected abuse or neglect. Last, but certainly not least, if you suspect abuse, report it. If you are being abused, don’t stay silent. Report to local police or the NGO concerned.

The earlier child abuse is caught, the better the chance of recovery and appropriate treatment for the child. Child abuse is not always obvious. By learning some of the common warning signs of child abuse and neglect, you can catch the problem as early as possible and get both the child and the abuser the help that they need. Of course, just because you see a warning sign doesn’t automatically mean a child is being abused. It’s important to dig deeper, looking for a pattern of abusive behavior and warning

Warning signs of emotional abuse in children

  • Excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious about doing something wrong.
  • Shows extremes in behavior (extremely compliant or extremely demanding; extremely passive or extremely aggressive).
  • Doesn’t seem to be attached to the parent or caregiver.
  • Acts either inappropriately adult (taking care of other children) or inappropriately infantile (rocking, thumb-sucking, throwing tantrums).

Warning signs of physical abuse in children

  • Frequent injuries or unexplained bruises, welts, or cuts.
  • Is always watchful and “on alert,” as if waiting for something bad to happen.
  • Injuries appear to have a pattern such as marks from a hand or belt.
  • Shies away from touch, flinches at sudden movements, or seems afraid to go home.
  • Wears inappropriate clothing to cover up injuries, such as long-sleeved shirts on hot days.

Warning signs of neglect in children

  • Clothes are ill-fitting, filthy, or inappropriate for the weather.
  • Hygiene is consistently bad (unbathed, matted and unwashed hair, noticeable body odor).
  • Untreated illnesses and physical injuries.
  • Is frequently unsupervised or left alone or allowed to play in unsafe situations and environments.
  • Is frequently late or missing from school.

Warning signs of sexual abuse in children

  • Trouble walking or sitting.
  • Displays knowledge or interest in sexual acts inappropriate to his or her age, or even seductive behavior.
  • Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason.
  • Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities.
  • An STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14.
  • Runs away from home.