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Remembering acid attack victim through art

A 24-year-old student of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has created two paintings that unfold her feelings for the 23-year-old Harpreet Kaur, who faced a heinous acid attack on December 7 on her wedding day and died after struggling for life at a Mumbai hospital.

punjab Updated: Feb 23, 2014 20:10 IST
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu
Hindustan Times

A 24-year-old student of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has created two paintings that unfold her feelings for the 23-year-old Harpreet Kaur, who faced a heinous acid attack on December 7 on her wedding day and died after struggling for life at a Mumbai hospital.


As the news of the brutal crime spread across the country, like many others, Anchal Gupta, a student of fashion designing, also felt the same question - "How can someone take such an extreme step?"

Therefore, being a passionate artist, Gupta, who has been chosen the best artist by her university for the past three consecutive years, decided to express her sorrow through painting.

As leading dailies and various news channels threw light on the case on regular basis, Gupta picked up her brushes to paint the crime faced by Kaur.

One of the paintings showcases Kaur dressed up in her immaculate wedding dress with ornaments with tears in her eyes, as a bottle of acid is being thrown at her.

"The day of marriage which is beginning of a new life became her end. All her dreams and aspirations were shattered. She also wanted to live life like any other girl, but the acid attack finished everything for her and her family," Gupta rued, adding that, "Soon, I will take this painting to a bigger scale and various prominent art exhibitions."

Her second painting is a portrait of Kaur that she developed with Kaur's photographs that appeared in newspapers and with the help of Internet.

It took her a week to make this painting, which she started in the first week of January, and which was also exhibited in one of the local art exhibitions, where art lovers appreciated her effort. Other than that, Gupta has also got encouraging feedback through social networking websites and phone calls, for remembering the acid attack victim through her passion of art.

First Published: Feb 23, 2014 20:08 IST