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'They are not victims, they are victors'

Last updated on: April 03, 2017 15:10 IST

Ten acid attack survivors came together to raise awareness and funds against a social crime.
Photographs by Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

They belonged to different parts of India but shared a common enemy -- a potent liquid that changed their lives forever.

Some were attacked by their own kin. Some scarred for life. Some struggling to survive.

On Sunday, April 2, event management firm Iktara Group and Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation (ASSF), a city-based NGO, organised a fashion show at Lokhandwala Gardens, Mumbai, to highlight their spirit and raise funds for their future.

Daulat Khan, 36, president, Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation (ASSF) was attacked six years ago. Having survived six reconstructive surgeries amounting to lakhs, she shared her inspiration behind the fundraiser.

"Log hamare chehre ko lekar publicity zaroor karte hai par madad nahi karte. Hamara chehra dikhakar fund lete hai, par hume fund dete nahi hai." (People seek publicity from our faces, but don't help us. They seek funds, but don't pass it on to us.)

That's how Khan realised that perhaps she should organise a show herself. "Hum kisise bheek kyu maange?" (Why should we beg?) she says.

The proceeds from the fundraiser, Khan said, would facilitate victims pursue medical treatment and legal action against offenders.

Some pics from the show:

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Mabiya Bishwas, 23, sitting left, who lost her vision following an acid attack, chats with Lalita Bansi, 23, another survivor, ahead of the show.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Reshma Qureshi gets ready. She's walked for Archana Kochhar at New York Fashion Week before.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Trupti Vora, Maharashtra President of International Human Right Protection Bureau, India clicks a picture with Daulat Khan backstage.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Aarti Thakur, left, who was attacked at Goregaon railway station in 2012, checks her phone as she awaits her turn.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Designer Richa Ranavat helps Lalita put on some jewellery.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Reshma Sheikh gets her make-up done.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Mabiya Bishwas stifles a yawn.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Reshma co-operates with her make-up artist.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Aarti puts on her jewellery.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Lalita helps Kamal Wedekar put on her neck piece.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: The faces of grit and courage smile and pose ahead of the show.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Lalita is helped by designer Pururava Rao who also styled the outfits for the show.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Reshma Shaikh, 31 and Saira Banu, 29 take to the ramp.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Shabbo Shaikh, 23, Lalita Bansi and Nisar Mariyam Shaikh, 30, strike a pose.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Daulat Khan makes a confident entry in a blue gown.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: Reshma looks pretty in a pastel outfit.

Acid Survivors Saahas Foundation fundraiser show

IMAGE: (LtoR)Designers Richa Ranavat and Pururava Rao pose with Trupti Vora at the end of the show.
"They are not victims, they are victors," Ranavat insisted while thanking the participants, organisers and crew members.
Kudos to the entire team for putting together a successful show in just a week's time.

acid attack show lead

Hitesh Harisinghani / Rediff.com