STOP ACID ATTACKS
STOP ACID ATTACKS
They got attacked with acid when they were so young. By people who tried to disfigure them, to destroy their identity, who thought that they could do anything to women and that they could lead them to darkness and silence.
Today, here they are. They started campaigning in Delhi in 2013 to help and rehabilitate acid attacks survivors. The campaign is called “STOP ACID ATTACKS”. Their action spread out all over India. They go to meet survivors in their families and help them come out, intervene when the police do not take up a complaint and follow up on the medical treatment and the ensuing legal procedure. They also report the news cases to the authorities and the medias. The girls don’t want to hide. They design clothes, they opened a café-restaurant in Agra, they do painting, they want to smile, they have different life projects. They also interact with other minorities as rape victims, LGBT communities, old people abandoned by their families, sharing their strength and experience. They refuse to be called “victims” but prefer the term “fighters”.
Photo shows: “I am Soniya Choudhari. I am 30 years old. I am from a place near Ghaziabad. I wanted to be a beautician. Today, I still want to do this. My attack happened in 2004, in Ghaziabad. It happened when I was working at VLCC, it’s a famous institute for slimming and beauty products. I was coming back home from work, I was walking alone. Just one street before I arrived home, two boys came on bikes and threw acid on me. They are my neighbors. They did this because of a family dispute. The story started from there. I wanted to buy cellphone, and had no ID proof so I couldn’t buy a cellphone myself. They helped me to buy a cellphone, as you need ID phone to buy one. But they sold me a stolen cellphone. After that, the police contacted me and I sent the police to them. They were so angry as the police jailed them for a while. They had also stolen something from my father�