N24 Staff Writer, KATHMANDU:- The acid attack victim Muskan Khatun has received the prestigious International Women of Courage (IWOC) award in the United States.
The US embassy in Nepal said in a statement that the award was given for her bravery and inspirational work after the acid attack.
Saying that she had rejected the love proposal, a teenager had attacked Muskan Khatun of Parsa Birgunj with acid in August 2018.
US First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Tony Blinken will hold a virtual event on March 8 to formally announce the award.
The US Embassy in Nepal said in a statement that Muskan “turned a tragic event into an opportunity to bring about change in Nepal.” Faced with threats and social pressure, Muskan lobbied for tougher laws and punishments against acid attacks. She called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who called for a draft law on acid attacks and an ordinance punishing criminals and regulating the sale of chemicals. Muskan’s leadership was important in bringing about this change. ‘
The Embassy is proud to promote the rights of women and adolescents in Nepal.
The IWOC Award honors women around the world who have advocated for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment at great personal risk and sacrifice, and for their extraordinary courage and leadership. Last year, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was honored with the same award.
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