Acid assault survivors parade on catwalk for style present

Defiant of assaults in India have braved the runway for a style present to boost consciousness for the horrific assaults.

One of many fashions at Saturday’s present mentioned she was afraid to depart her dwelling after she was disfigured three years in the past by her brother in regulation — however this occasion and others helped her to regain confidence.

“Individuals would say what occurred to you?” mentioned Reshma Bano Qureshi, 20, who additionally appeared on the New York Style Week final yr, advised AFP. “They’d say, ‘nobody will marry you.’ They’d say, ‘with a deformed face you’re not stunning.’ However I’m proud and assured of who I’m. I would like folks to know the face will not be what makes you stunning, it’s your coronary heart.”

“I’m so comfortable as a result of the opposite ladies had the identical alternative to benefit from the expertise that I had earlier than,” she added.

The Saturday present was organized by Make Love Not Scars, a non-governmental group that helps rehabilitate acid assault survivors and gives medical and authorized recommendation for the victims, Barcroft Media reported.

Qureshi was one in every of 11 girls on the — 10 of whom have been survivors, whereas the opposite was a transgender workers member on the resort.

Tania Singh, vice chairman of Make Love Not Scars, advised Barcroft Media that the occasion helped deliver much-needed consciousness to the plight of the survivors.

“The entire nation is aware of what acid assaults are,” she mentioned. “You learn these horror tales within the newspapers. However assembly them makes an enormous distinction. The folks within the viewers are literally those who could make a distinction and push for coverage change and create consciousness.”

“And everybody got here to satisfy the survivors after the present they usually all had one query: ‘How can we assist?’” she recalled. “So this was nice to see how linked all people felt with the survivors. It was heartwarming.”

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