Unlike others, hers wasn’t the case of jilted love. Rupa was only 15 when her stepmother poured acid on her face as she was unwilling to carry her wedding expenses. The wedding was cancelled and her father refused to take her to medical care if she dragged the stepmother’s name. Yet, the braveheart lodged a complaint, leading to her stepmother being jailed for 18 months. For 6 years she hid behind her scarf and uncertainties. After going through an ordeal of 10 surgeries, she is now working towards her dream to become a designer. It’s tragic that there are many like Rupa, who have been so brutally scarred. Read more about her on her FB Page – Acid Attack Fighter Rupa
|Image – Facebook page|
I am often overwhelmed with emotions while reading the tales of Acid Attack Survivors. Their incredible courage and sheer determination is so heartwarming that tears well in my eyes, not because of sorrow but out of pride. These are the girls who are teaching real life lessons – of bravery, of faith and of humanity. Their stories force us to look beyond the superficiality of our society.
I am trying to, in whatever way I can, help Rupa set up her online store. I wish I could do more: meet the survivors, hug them and listen to their stories. The SheRoes Café near Agra (run by acid attack survivors) is now on my must visit list. If you live anywhere nearby, do drop by and further encourage the girls.
If you too want to help Rupa, click here – I want to set up an online store
Lastly, have a look at this empowering photoshoot of Acid Attack Survivors.
Image source – Google, Photographer – Rahul Saharan
For more – Beauty of soul
There are certain lessons that we must learn before we unleash ourselves into the society – it’s not about beauty or brains, it’s as simple as being compassionate.