Models and ‘Sheroes’: Acid attack survivors to walk the ramp in Bhopal
At the end of February, acid attack survivors will be walking down a ramp at a show designed by another survivor in Bhopal.Updated: Jan 08, 2016 19:57 IST
At the end of February, acid attack survivors will be walking down a ramp at a show designed by another survivor in Bhopal. The fashion show, being organised by the groups ‘Stop Acid Attack’ and ‘Chaav Foundation’ based out of New Delhi, aims to bring to the fore discussions regarding the impact that acid attacks have on its survivors.
Rupa, the designer of the show, tells HT about how she was attacked by her stepmother when she was in class 6. Following the attack, she disassociated herself from her family, giving up her surname and disowning her father for supporting her stepmother.
Rupa has since undergone 12 reparative surgeries - and endless pain.
In 2014, she teamed up with the charity group, Stop Acid Attacks, with a resolve to find justice for herself and for other survivors of acid attacks.
“I always wanted to be a designer but after the attack, my life came to a standstill. I was so insecure and embarrassed by my scars that I used to cover my face with a scarf. Even though I clung onto my dream, I never knew that it would be possible for me to be launching my own label some day,” Rupa tells HT
Rupa’s mentor Atul Kumar Singh says that they have raised funds of about Rs 25,000 to launch Rupa’s label and said, “Through this fashion show in Bhopal, we want to change the ideas of beauty and the importance of appearance in society. The theme of our show is ‘angelic women’.”
Rupa now works for café, Sheroes Hangout, in Agra.
The Sheroes Hangout was started in 2013 as yet another initiative by Stop Acid Attacks Campaign.
“This space has recruited acid attack survivors and aims to discourage discrimination and violence which such women face. We are planning to launch a branch in Indore and Bhopal each as well,” said Abhilash Shukla, a coordinator at the café.