Sonali Mukherjee, an acid attack victim from Jharkhand walked the ramp for the Indian International Jewellery Show in Mumbai on Sunday.
Mukherjee joined 102 other celebs to raise money for other survivors of acid attack. Mukherjee was attacked by three students for turning down their advances in April 2003. But despite losing her eyesight and facial features she continues to raise awareness about the issue.
Ten years after the harrowing experience, Mukherjee, now 28 talks about her condition to help others like her. The show is supported by an NGO called Beti which was instrumental in sponsoring 27 operations for Sonali's facial reconstruction as her family couldn't afford it, DNA reports.
"Walking the ramp is a good way to raise funds for other victims like me. I am honoured to be a part of the initiative," she told the daily.
"Anu Ranjan of Beti hopes to raise over Rs.
20 lakh to help at least two more victims who are currently undergoing treatment in Mumbai hospitals. During and after the last year’s fashion show, she managed to raise Rs.
18.20 lakh of the Rs.
22.5 lakh needed for Mukherjee’s surgery," reports DNA.
Being an enterprising person who believes in standing up for herself, Sonali Mukherjee has never shied from the public eye. In fact she participated in Kaun Banega Crorepati in 2012 and won Rs.
25 lakh. Here's an old Barcroft TV documentary of Sonali's life and her moment of victory.
Sonali Mukherjee talks to the audience after walking the ramp