A fight between two entities — Uttar Pradesh Mahila Kalyan Nigam and Chhanv Foundation — has put in jeopardy the future of acid attack survivors, who had been earning a livelihood at Lucknow’s Sheroes Hangout, a cafe run by those survivors.
However, only one could be opened in the state capital of Lucknow.
While incumbent CM Yogi Adityanath should have worked towards ensuring more such units get opened, tragically, even this cafe is fighting a lone battle for existence after UP Mahila Kalyan Nigam and Chhanv Foundation failed to agree on the terms of its operation.
Rani, Anshu, Farah, Shanti and Preeti. Five acid attack survivors, five incredible stories of lives shattered, but refusing to break. Theirs are stories of unimaginable pain and an indomitable spirit. All are proud workers at Sheroes Hangout Café in Lucknow, the labour of love and commitment of a campaign that has a sole motive: #StopAcidAttacks.
A place for acid attack survivors in India, this Indian café at Lucknow has made itself a place of refuge and recovery for India’s acid attack fighters.
After establishing themselves close to world’s biggest symbol of love in Agra, they finally got their second café inaugurated this International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, in the ‘City of Nawabs, Kababs & Adab’ – Lucknow – after CM Akhilesh Yadav made a surprise visit to this first of its kind café at Agra in 2015.
The social media campaign to save the Sheroes’ cafe managed by Acid attack survivors in Lucknow finally pays off. The Sheroes’ Hangout cafe is here to stay but the organisation, which runs it might be changed. With this the name of the cafe may also be changed but the objective of the cafe will remain the same and it will continue to be a place run and managed by acid attack survivors.
The Uttar Pradesh’s Child, Women & Family Welfare department on Wednesday announced that the NGO Chhanv Foundation was given the charge to handle the cafe for 2 years in 2016. The department further alleged that due to financial irregularities, the authorities have decided to find a new owner for the cafe.
Sheroes hangout cafe won’t be closed. The UP government is committed to ensuring livelihood of acid attack survivors. The department has been directed to talk to the survivors and to find a way out of the situation.
said UP government’s Child, Women & Family Welfare department minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
About Sheroes Cafe
This cafe is not only about having a splendid time with your friends, but also to experience happiness and spirit of living. This place operated by the victims of acid attacks rejuvenates the essence of self worth. Apart from this, the place is sure to engage you with mouth watering food. We at awaz nation recommend you to enjoy a beautiful evening at the cafe.
Location – Opp Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal beside Lucknow Metro’s office.