‘SHEROES’ brave acid attack survivors
The woman on the right of me, her mom hurled acid on her face, melting it away completely.

Imagine that in a single moment your face was gone, destroyed by an acid attack. That’s the fate of hundreds of girls and women around the world each year, according to the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI).

Acid attacks happen across the world and it affects women disproportionally. India has the highest number of acid attacks in the world and the victims are usually women between the ages of 14 and 35 years. There are 250 to 300 acid attacks reported in India every year, despite laws restricting the sale of acid or other deadly chemicals, according to Stop Acid Attacks, a non-profit group.

The attack often occurs as revenge for rejecting a marriage proposal or sexual advances and act usually stems from the male dominance or the preconceived notion that women are powerless. The reasons range from not bringing enough dowry, to bearing a female child and as frivolous as not cooking well.

The psychological trauma is intense — as most victims withdraw to the seclusion of their homes unable to face society. Yet, year after year there are horror stories of victim and out of the hundreds who been attacked only a handful have the courage to come out in the open and face the world fearlessly.

It was so emotional moment for me to meet such iron ladies in person and to hear their incredible stories of how they fought back to emerge stronger than ever. I was literally crying while listening their hearth-breaking stories of acid attacks and their rollercoaster journey so far. I salute you all brave and the most beautiful ladies for your courage and determination, now sky is the only limit! Kudos!!

#moveforward #struggle #acidattacks #inspiration

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