Highly acclaimed acid rehabilitation centre of Lucknow faces closure

SheRose Hangout, Lucknow, set up in 2016 for the rehabilitation of acid victims, is facing closure, an acid victim, Anshu, has it made known through the People's Media Advocacy & Resource Centre (PMARC). The women inmates of the SheRose Hangout, says the information, are worried, as stage has been set to hand it over to a private firm, Lotus Hospitality, whose employees reach up to the inmates on a regular basis to vacate the centre, which runs SheRose Cafe as part of the rehabilitation programme.
According to Anshu, "With this, the morale of all the girls is broken and our jobs and other rehabilitation plans are facing closure. The salary of the employees is delayed for six to nine months." The centre is run with Grant from the Mahila Kalyan Nigam, a government corporation.
According to Anshu, "We have come to know that the corporation has stopped the amount of more than Rs 45 lakh grant, which is due the continuation of the project, as a punishment for not giving bribe tomthe corporation employees. Dozens of letters have been sent to concerned departments, yet there is no reply."
SheRose Hangout and Café was set up on instructions of the Chief Minister in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, in 2016 and currently provides job and other assistance to 12 acid attack survivors. The is the only programme being run by the state government to help acid victims. A recipient of a Government of India from the President, America's first woman Michelle Obama has visited and appreciated the work of the centre.

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