Show the world

What do you do when your stepmother throws acid in your face while you’re asleep? You go ahead and fulfill your ambition of being a fashion designer, and you get other survivors of acid attacks to join you in modeling the clothes. You show the world what it is to woman up.

Rupa suffered extensive injuries when her stepmother threw acid in her face while she was sleeping in 2008.

She was allegedly left without any medical aid for six hours before her uncle found her and transported her to hospital, where she underwent eleven operations and spent three months being cared for.

Her uncle had to borrow on the house they lived in to pay for her medical treatment, and Rupa said her injuries made it difficult to find work.

She dropped her surname to distance herself from her father for supporting her stepmother after the attack.

Wow. That’s some “father.”

After the attack, Rupa teamed up with the Stop Acid Attacks charity who run Chhaon, a support centre for survivors, and began designing clothes.

The charity is now looking to help Rupa raise enough money to open her own clothing boutique in Delhi, which would employ other acid attack survivors as staff.

Rupa said: “Chhaon has helped me feel confident again and believe in myself. I have always loved fashion and tailoring but I never thought I could start my own label. This is the first time I have presented my clothes and I am glad to see them being appreciated.”

The charity asked Mr Saharan to lead the photoshoot, who said the models define “beauty and courage” on his Facebook page. His gallery from the shoot has been shared over 2,000 times.

The album of the shoot is public.

H/t Sarah Moglia


  1. says

    No explanation or rationalisation? Just “Oh, I think an acid attack would be a fine thing to visit upon my son’s wife today”.

    Gives new meaning to “wicked step-mother”. The DIL likely “disobeyed” some demand and was punished with acid in the face.

    A female patriarchy enforcer.

  2. Konradius says

    Whatever the rationalisation is (probably an adultery allegation or whatever), it will never amount to something that resembles a valid reason.
    I quite support not mentioning the ‘reason’ for these attacks as I think the attackers do not deserve any support from people who might be sympathetic to whatever misogynistic idea that constituted that ‘reason’…

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