There are 5 Indian brave girls who show their disfigured faces in photo shooting after unfortunate acid attacks. They dare no more to face the public. They even said it was an impressive snapshot!
Rupa, 22, one of the survivors and models said that she never took photos after the incident.
She was attacked by her stepmother after having argument about money when she was 15.
“When the photos released in the media, people started calling to inquire about me, I felt so good. After the photo shoot I want to go out meet more people.”
“I couldn’t open my eyes that night. I saw nothing. I was yelling. No one helped me. My stepmother watched me suffering.”
“I stopped my studies and playing.”
Rupa called on all her courage to look at her face in the mirror three years later.
Her childhood dream was to be a designer. She dreamed to design the beautiful clothes for her models. including herself in the photo shooting.
The photos were first published on Facebook page run by Stop Acid Attack, which is an organization raising awareness about the dilemma of acid attack victims but have since been highlighted extensively across the world.
Rupa wishes to open a boutique.
In 2013, the Indian Supreme Court passed laws aiming to control over-the-counter sales of acid.
Alok Dixit, the founder of Stop Acid Attacks said the implementation has been defective.
“The law is on paper, but you can easily find acid in local markets.”
“We need the government to be active to carry out the law to regulate acid sales.”
More than 200 acid attack cases have been reported since January 2013. Alok believes the number of the activists is much higher..
The group encourages the victims to lodge reports to police and have photo shoots to change the phenomenon.
Rahul Saharan, a professional photographer behind the camera.
He wanted to show Rupa’s designs and help her motivate other acid attack victims in the worldwide.
His second goal is to make the victims feel beautiful and change the way people define “beauty”.
Rahul said, “in our society, there are lots of things said to the girls — you are not beautiful, you won’t get married because your skin is not white and fair.”
He wants to change the conception of beauty and tell people that the fair skin is not equal to the real beauty.
“When you see pictures used in commercials, you just see and forget them after sometime, but when you see these pictures, you feel in love with them. You want to look at them again and again.”
Ritu, another acid attack victim and the model of the photo shoot. She was 17 when acid was thrown at her face. She is 19 now and under the treatment. She cannot see with her left eye.
Ritu said, “every acid attack survivor says they do not want to meet the attackers.”
“But I want to meet the guy (who did this to me) and ask: ‘was it worth it,” she added.
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